City officer charged with beating daughter

December 29, 1996|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer was charged yesterday with beating her 12-year-old daughter and possession of cocaine.

Officer Christine P. Boyd, 25, a four-year veteran in the Northern District, surrendered to police at the station about 9 p.m. Friday. Her police powers were suspended, and she was being held last night at the Central Booking and Intake Facility in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Boyd, a patrol officer, was charged with felony child abuse, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy, said Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a police spokeswoman.

The incident is alleged to have occurred about 5 p.m. Friday at the officer's home in the 1100 block of Montpelier St. in Northeast Baltimore. Cooper said Boyd's daughter told police that her mother "struck her with a belt several times and then tried to smother her with a pillow."

The child was taken to Sinai Hospital by her father, Brian R. Conner, 27, of the 4400 block of La Plata Ave. in Northwest Baltimore. The girl was treated for a swollen eye and released to his custody, police said.

Officers searched Boyd's home about 1: 30 a.m. yesterday and found 14 bags of cocaine, Cooper said.

The officers arrested Boyd's roommate, Maxine Taylor, 26, and charged her with possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy, Cooper said.

Taylor also was being held at Central Booking last night, with bail set at $25,000.

Pub Date: 12/29/96

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