Man, 25, charged in beating death of 15-month-old boy last month

January 28, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Baltimore police arrested and charged a 25-year-old man yesterday in the beating death of a 15-month-old boy last month in West Baltimore.

Police charged Donald W. Crafton of West Baltimore with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and child abuse in the death of Nadir Chambers, said Detective Irvin Bradley.

Crafton, the boyfriend of Nadir's mother, was caring for the child at the couple's apartment in the 1300 block of N. Calhoun St. when the incident occurred about 9 a.m. Dec. 18, Bradley said.

Crafton called the child's mother and told her that the "baby wasn't breathing," Bradley said.

He then called 911 and Nadir was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, where he died about an hour later, Bradley said.

The state medical examiner determined that the death was a result of a "blunt-force trauma" that damaged the boy's liver, Bradley said.

Police are investigating two other homicides.

A 23-year-old man was shot and killed last night in Northeast Baltimore. Torrell Hooks, of the 1600 block of Kingsway Road, was shot about 9 p.m. in the 4200 block of Loch Raven Blvd., police said early today.

An unidentified man approached Hooks, who was walking down the street, shot him several times and fled, police said.

Police are also investigating the fatal shooting of a Northeast Baltimore teen-ager Thursday night during an altercation in the courtyard of an East Baltimore apartment complex, said a homicide investigator.

Detective Lynette Nevins said witnesses reported that Marcus Lynch of the 1700 block of Abbotston St. was involved in a brief altercation with two other young males in the 1200 block of Mapleleaf Court about 9:15 p.m. when one shot Lynch several times with a handgun.

Both males fled the scene. Nevins said Lynch, 17, was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died in the emergency room at 10:43 p.m.

Anyone who knows the identities of the two males is asked to call Nevins at 410-396-2100.

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