Police narrow list of suspects in killing of infant in Columbia

Medical examiner says 9-day-old girl was shaken to death

January 05, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The April death of a Columbia infant has been ruled a homicide and the list of suspects has been winnowed down, Howard County police said yesterday.

On April 12, Howard County emergency personnel were called to the 8800 block of Flowerstock Row, where 9-day-old Raven Rozier was having difficulty breathing.

The child, who lived at the address, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she died that day.

A Johns Hopkins physician alerted police that the death appeared to be suspicious, and the medical examiner ruled in July that Raven had been shaken to death.

Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said yesterday no one has been charged in the case.

"Since July, detectives have been working to identify the person responsible for this, and have narrowed the field to only a few suspects, including family members, which includes parents."

Raven's relatives could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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