Man, 18, charged in stabbing of 10-year-old cousin

April 07, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

City police obtained an arrest warrant yesterday charging an 18-year-old man with stabbing his young cousin in the chest in their East Baltimore rowhouse.

Detectives said they would delay serving the warrant on Kevin Trinell Brown of the 1400 block of E. Eager St. until after he was evaluated by psychiatrists at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, the state's maximum-security hospital.

Police sources said that they were concerned that Brown would not be able to handle confinement and that they were working on a way to arrest him but not take him to be formally booked or held in the city's Detention Center.

Brown, who has no adult criminal record, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault in the stabbing of Charles Curtis Williams, 10, Thursday morning.

Charles' condition was upgraded yesterday from critical to fair at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, police said. Detectives said they had not found a weapon.

The boy was found wounded on the living room floor by his 29-year-old cousin and legal guardian, who police said had left him athome with the 18-year-old.

Police said no charges have been placed against the guardian.

Sue Fitzsimmons, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Social Services, said she could not comment on whether her agency is investigating, noting state confidentiality laws.

Family members declined to comment yesterday.

Police said they know of no motive.

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