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March 27, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Woman pleads guilty in dehydration death of 6-month-old son

A 19-year-old North Baltimore woman arrested in December in the dehydration death of her 6-month-old son pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter yesterday in District Court.

According to charging documents, Shaunte Cherise Bomar left her son, Carlos Brown Jr., unattended at her home in the 800 block of Evesham Ave. in November and told the infant's father, Carlos Brown, to go there and baby-sit while she was away. When she returned 36 hours later, she found the baby lying on her bed, cold and unresponsive.

Bomar said her mother, Angelica Bomar, told her to take baby downstairs and they would deal with it in the morning, according to court documents.

On Nov. 12, Bomar and her mother walked into the Northern District police station to report the death. Prosecutors said authorities found the infant's decomposing body under a mattress in the basement, and the state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide from dehydration due to neglect.

Bomar was freed on bail, with sentencing scheduled for May 28. Her other children - a girl, 4, and a boy, 1 - were reported in good health, in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

Courthouse locked down briefly in hunt for escapee

The city's Mitchell Courthouse was locked down for about 15 minutes yesterday afternoon as sheriff's deputies searched the building for a man who tried to escape arrest.

At the same time, around 3 p.m. in an unrelated matter, a man collapsed in the courtroom of Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait, and was later pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center, said Maj. Toby Goodwin, chief of operations for the city sheriff's office.

According to Goodwin, the commotion started when Robert Sanders, 25, of the 800 block of Glade Court, reported for pretrial supervision on the fifth floor of the courthouse and fled as deputies attempted to serve him an arrest warrant for a probation violation.

Sanders was caught inside the building, near the Lexington Street doors, and a companion identified as Kevin Pullen, 28, of the 4100 block of Marriban Court was also apprehended and charged with obstruction of justice and assault on deputies in allegedly interfering with the arrest.

The identity of the man who collapsed in court was not available.

Bags of marijuana found near body of slain teen

Bags of marijuana were found near the body of a 15-year-old boy who was fatally wounded Monday night in West Baltimore, and investigators said it appeared he was a dealer, police reported yesterday.

But police had not confirmed a motive or made an arrest in the killing of the boy, Dana A. Mayers of the 3400 block of Woodbrook Ave., a student at Lemmel Middle School.

Dana was shot about 10:15 p.m. in the 600 block of N. Carey St. in the city's Harlem Park neighborhood and died soon after at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Former police officer sentenced for misconduct

A former city police officer indicted last year by a Baltimore grand jury on charges including felony theft stemming from a departmental sting operation was sentenced yesterday in Circuit Court to six months in jail - all of which was suspended - after pleading guilty to misconduct in office.

Judge Joseph P. McCurdy Jr. also placed Christopher M. Beebe, 28, on two years' supervised probation in connection with a sting Oct. 23 in which police placed $797 and imitation narcotics in an alley and called dispatchers to report it. Prosecutors said Beebe, nearing the end of his probationary first year with the department and assigned to the Southwestern District, turned in the drugs but not the money.

Beebe, of the 3500 block of Fieldcreek Way in Fullerton, was fired by Commissioner Edward T. Norris after the indictment.

In Baltimore County

Woman dies after fire damages her home

RANDALLSTOWN - A woman died yesterday after a one-alarm fire damaged her single-family home in a quiet neighborhood off the 8300 block of Liberty Road, Baltimore County fire officials said.

Saundra B. Johnson, 55, of the 8400 block of Merrymount Drive, was taken to Northwest Hospital Center after firefighters discovered her in an upstairs bathroom of the split-level house. She died at the hospital a short time later, fire Capt. Glenn Blackwell said. No one else was home at the time.

Blackwell said firefighters discovered heavy smoke when they arrived at the scene about 10 a.m. The cause of the fire has not been determined. He said the home had a smoke detector, but he was not sure whether it was working.

Yard waste collection set to begin Monday

TOWSON - Baltimore County will begin collecting yard waste Monday for residents who have a "Y" on their collection schedule.

Yard debris that will be accepted includes grass, leaves, small brush and branches and limbs no longer than 3 feet, and no larger than 3 inches in diameter. Branches must be tied in bundles and cannot weigh more than 30 pounds. Other materials must be put in paper or plastic bags.

Yard waste will be composted for use by county agencies and residents. For a collection schedule or free compost: 410-887-2000.

Workshops set for women returning to work, school

DUNDALK -Women planning to return to the work force or to school can take free workshops beginning at 1:30 p.m. April 10 at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk campus, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

The series will continue through May 8 and include a support group to share ideas and experiences.

Information: Cheryl Kress, 410- 285-9808.

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