Grand jury indicts couple arrested in beating of girl,4

Panel also takes action against inmates in attack

September 17, 2000|By LAURA SULLIVAN | LAURA SULLIVAN,SUN STAFF

Indictments of a Glen Burnie couple accused of beating a 4-year-old girl and of three Maryland House of Corrections prisoners accused of attacking two prison guards were among those handed down by an Anne Arundel County grand jury Friday.

Alberto Fallin, 29, and his wife, Katrina Fallin, 32, of the 400 block of Manor Drive, each face charges that include child abuse, assault and reckless endangerment.

County prosecutors said the husband and wife brought Alberto Fallin's unconscious daughter to North Arundel Hospital on July 27. There, doctors determined that her head and body injuries were so severe that she was flown by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

At Hopkins, the girl was diagnosed with brain hemorrhaging and paralysis consistent with being severely shaken, prosecutors said. She underwent surgery to remove part of her brain.

Deputy State's Attorney William D. Roessler said doctors also found cuts and bruises, some more than a month old, on her body, in addition to two black eyes.

The girl's grandmother brought her to the United States from Panama in June to live with her father, Roessler said. The Fallins were arrested a month after the incident.

Both are out on bail and are restricted from seeing the girl, who is in serious condition at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore with brain damage and paralysis on the right side of her body.

In another case, Michael A. Crosby, 34, an inmate at the Maryland House of Corrections in Jessup, was indicted on four counts of first-degree assault in connection with an attack on two Corrections officers at the prison. Two other inmates, Muhammad Najeeullah, 23, and Michael Nelson, 39, were indicted on second-degree assault charges stemming from the Dec. 8 attack that left two guards in serious condition.

Officer Alonzo Galloway suffered 13 stab wounds to his head, back and arm, requiring more than 200 stitches, while Sgt. Gregory McGowan was stabbed several times and was treated for a fractured shoulder, Roessler said.

All three inmates are being held at the Supermax prison in Baltimore.

Also, an 18-year-old Annapolis man, Wayne M. Parker, was indicted on charges of robbing two women on Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis with a BB gun as they walked to their car parked at St. Mary's church. The assault took place Aug. 24. Parker was arrested Aug. 25 and released on $75,000 bail.

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