Baby left alone leads to arrest of burglary suspects

June 11, 1994|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,Ocean City Bureau of The Sun

OCEAN CITY -- A police officer on bicycle patrol interrupted a burglary after hearing the wails of a baby left unattended in the suspects' car, police said yesterday.

Officer Brett Case was pedaling through a north Ocean City neighborhood about 11:35 p.m. Thursday when he heard the cries of the 8-month-old boy who was in a car parked on Derrickson Avenue.

"I was just coming down the street when I heard the baby," Officer Case said yesterday. "I looked in the car and the baby was in the center. It was crying because it was alone and frightened."

Officer Case said the baby's mother, Susan C. Banning, 34, of Reisterstown in Baltimore County, came from around the back of a nearby house and quieted the infant. She told the officer that she was alone and locked out of the house.

Another officer arrived and went around to the back of the house, where he saw a man running away. The officer chased the man to a nearby 7-Eleven store, where he took him into custody.

Police called the house's owner, who told them he had not authorized anyone to go inside in his absence.

Ms. Banning and Kenneth A. Fondess, 23, also of Reisterstown, were arrested and charged with burglary and malicious destruction, police said. The infant was placed in the custody of the Worcester County Department of Social Services.

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