Man charged in death of 9-month-old son

June 08, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

A man was charged late last night with beating his 9-month-old son to death and with beating and seriously injuring his stepson at the family's West Baltimore home, police said.

Police said the children's mother, Andrea Brunson, 27, of the 1800 block of Fulton Ave. brought Richard Brunson, 2 1/2 , to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly before 1 a.m. yesterday, leaving her 9-month-old son, Eric Rogers, at the house with her husband.

Ms. Brunson stayed with Richard for several hours while doctors treated him for a skull fracture and other injuries, police said. He was listed in stable condition last night.

She returned to the Fulton Avenue home later yesterday morning and found that "her other son [Eric] had also sustained severe head injuries," said Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman.

Ms. Brunson took Eric to her great-grandmother's house in the 2100 block of McCulloh St., where police were called. Officers took the boy to Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead at 10:26 a.m., police said.

Brian James Rogers, 24, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and two counts of child abuse after homicide detectives spent several hours interviewing him.

"What we were able to determine was that there had been some type of domestic argument between Mr. Rogers and his . . . wife" yesterday morning, during which the 2 1/2 -year-old was injured, Officer Weinhold said.

Mr. Rogers, who is deaf and cannot speak, was taken into custody and brought to police headquarters, where he was questioned through a sign-language interpreter, Officer Weinhold said.

"It took several hours for them to determine the exact sequence of events," the officer said.

Mr. Rogers was awaiting a bail hearing last night before a District Court commissioner.

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