Father is charged in death of 7-week-old baby found in trash bin

October 11, 1994|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Staff Writer

The father of a 7-week-old boy found stuffed inside a trash bin near his Cockeysville home Sunday was charged with first-degree murder yesterday and is awaiting a bail review hearing today before a District Court judge.

Michael Donnell Russell, 27, of Breeze Branch Court, who is being held at the Cockeysville Precinct, was charged in the infant's death about 3 a.m. after a lengthy interview with Baltimore County homicide detectives.

The infant's mother, Yolanda Russell, 24, of the same address, was also interviewed by police but was not charged.

Police said a preliminary examination of Dorian Anthony Russell by a deputy medical examiner indicated that the child had suffered a blunt trauma to the head, but an autopsy yesterday listed cause of death as undetermined pending further tests.

The boy was reported missing from his crib by his parents Sunday. Police K-9 units later discovered the boy's body stuffed in a denim bag at the bottom of a Dumpster in the 100 block of Breezy Tree Court, about a block from the couple's apartment.

Police, who said officers have been called to the home because of several domestic disturbances, said the Russells reportedly had a violent argument on the morning of the child's disappearance.

The Russells' two other children, a 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, are staying with relatives, police said.

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