Police seek man in rape, stabbing of 8-year-old girl in Pimlico home

April 23, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An 8-year-old Pimlico girl who was raped and stabbed in her father's home during a weekend visit Sunday was reported improving yesterday at Sinai Hospital as city police hunted for a 24-year-old suspect - a man they said was well known in the victim's neighborhood.

Charged last night in a warrant with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree rape, perverted practice and theft was Tamar Ocu "Red Man" McCullough of no fixed address.

Detective Pete Baker of the child abuse squad said police believe a kitchen knife found in the house was used to stab the girl, who lives in Columbia.

The girl's condition was upgraded yesterday from critical to serious, and she was able to provide detectives with "helpful information" that may lead to an arrest, police said.

Baker said it was not known how the man entered the rowhouse Sunday morning.

When the girl's father returned home shortly before 9 a.m. after taking his live-in girlfriend to work, he found his daughter lying on a blood-stained bed in a first-floor bedroom, Baker said.

Col. Robert Stanton, head of the Criminal Investigation Division, said the girl suffered at least four severe lacerations to the neck, including one that nicked the jugular vein.

He said the father scooped her up from the bed and drove her to Sinai Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery. "The father's quick response definitely saved his daughter's life," Stanton said.

Metro Crime Stoppers, at 410-276-8888, has offered a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest of McCullough, who police said is known to frequent the Edmondson Avenue area of West Baltimore. Tips also may be given by telephone to the Child Abuse Unit at 410-396-2042.

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