A 16-year-old girl was charged last night with first-degree murder in the death of a 9-month-old for whom she was baby-sitting in a home in the Remington section of North Baltimore, police said.
Jennifer Cale of the 2600 block of Huntingdon Ave. was being held in the Women's Detention Center last night pending a bail review, said Agent Doug Price, a police spokesman. She was charged as an adult.
The baby, Kara Miller, was pronounced dead at Union Memorial Hospital at 2:27 a.m. yesterday, about an hour after police were called to the rowhouse in the 2800 block of Huntingdon Ave.
Sgt. Gabe Bittner of the Northern District station said Kara suffered a fractured skull.
Police said they found her body in a small swing set in the living room. Attempts by a relative and paramedics to revive the child were unsuccessful, authorities said.
Police said they were unsure what happened. They said the sitter ran out to the street shortly before 1:30 a.m. to call 911 because the house has no phone. While she was in the street, a relative of the infant who was driving by stopped.
Police said the relative tried to revive the child. Meanwhile, the baby sitter called police, who arrived about 1:30 a.m.
Detective Rick Petrey of the homicide unit said Kara's parents, ,, whom he declined to identify, returned home while the ambulance was still outside their house.
The baby sitter was questioned yesterday morning.
Detective Petrey said investigators were unsure how the injury occurred and knew of no motive.