Child abuse charges in boy's death

Parents held in death of their 4-month-old son

August 14, 1999|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A Dundalk couple was charged with child abuse after their 4-month-old son died of a skull fracture and his twin sister was injured, police said yesterday.

Donald Wayne Robertson, 37, and Rose Mary Bingley, 36, of the 500 block of Main St. in Dundalk, were jailed Thursday night on child abuse charges, police said. The charges stemmed from the death of Tramaine Dion Robertson July 18 .

An autopsy revealed a skull fracture, police said, and subsequent examinations found that his twin sister, Taylor Nicole Robertson, had a similar injury, according to charging documents.

The surviving twin and her 14-month-old brother, Tyler Demetrius Robertson, have been placed in Department of Social Services custody, police said.

According to police documents, Robertson and Bingley at first said that the baby had died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. When the skull fracture was discovered, the parents told police that on several occasions when Bingley was holding the children, Robertson had hit her and inadvertently struck the babies.

"I was trying to hit Rose, I wasn't trying to hit Taylor," Robertson said, according to charging documents. He also said that he had hit Bingley while she held Tramaine, and that some of the blows had landed on the child.

Bingley and Robertson were each charged with two counts of child abuse. Bail was set at $500,000 for Robertson and $350,000 for Bingley, and both were being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center.

The state medical examiner is investigating the baby's death but has not issued a report, police said. If the baby's death is found to be homicide, additional charges could be brought against the parents.

Pub Date: 8/14/99

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