N. Laurel man is indicted in death of 8-month-old

July 16, 1999|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A Howard County grand jury indicted yesterday a 22-year-old North Laurel man accused in the death of an 8-month-old baby.

William P. English of the 9100 block of Blues Alley is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, child abuse, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

The baby, Victoria Dobbin, was in English's care June 2, when she either fell "on or off a counter top," charging documents state. An autopsy ruled the death a homicide, stating "blunt force" to the victim's head caused the death.

English was the boyfriend of Dobbin's baby-sitter, who had gone shopping and left the child with English, authorities said.

The grand jury also indicted a 21-year-old Columbia man on charges he tried to run over an officer May 29, authorities said.

Ledell M. Padmore of the 7300 block of Mossy Brink Court is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, theft, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, reckless driving and negligent driving.

A car was stolen and license tags were taken from another vehicle sometime before May 29, police said.

That day, police came across the car and tried to stop it, but the driver drove at one of the officers in the 5900 block of Stevens Forest Road, police said.

That officer fired his handgun, and the driver then crashed the car, fled and was arrested two days later in Annapolis, police said.

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