In Baltimore CountyParkville boy, 3, dies after locking...

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July 17, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Parkville boy, 3, dies after locking himself into car

PARKVILLE -- Baltimore County police said a 3-year-old Parkville boy died in yesterday's 94-degree heat after he locked himself into his mother's car while she slept in the house.

Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman, said Alec Brandan Benavides of the first block of Leatherwood Place wandered from the house after a nap, leaving his mother, 23, asleep inside.

The boy's mother, Jennifer Henderson, told police she fell asleep with her son at 2: 30 p.m. and woke up at 5 p.m. to find Alec unconscious in the back seat of her car. Child-proof locks prevented him from getting out of the car.

Alec was declared dead at Franklin Square Hospital Center. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, and the case will be reviewed by the state's attorney's office.

Trooper accused of stealing athletic shoes is suspended

WHITE MARSH -- A Maryland state trooper was suspended last night after being charged with stealing two pairs of athletic shoes valued at nearly $200 from a White Marsh sporting goods store.

Cpl. Richard M. Ridgell, 38, a 16-year state police veteran assigned to the Golden Ring barracks, was charged with misdemeanor theft. He has been a traffic supervisor at the barracks for four years.

The state police said their internal affairs unit was contacted yesterday by an employee of the Sports Authority in the 9900 block of Pulaski Highway. The caller said a customer meeting Ridgell's description was seen putting athletic shoes inside his clothing and leaving the store parking lot in a marked state police car.

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