2 deaths put city homicide toll at 155

Teen-ager fatally shot, infant dies of head blows

mayor expresses outrage

August 01, 2002|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

A teen-age boy whom police found lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds and a baby authorities say died of head injuries have joined the list of Baltimore's homicide victims.

Despite efforts by Mayor Martin O'Malley and Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris to decrease homicides in the city, the number continues to climb, standing at 155 yesterday compared with 147 on July 31, 2001.

Talon Joshua Branch, 18, of the 3800 block of W. Saratoga St., was found lying in the 3900 block of W. Mulberry St. just after midnight yesterday, according to Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

Harris said police have no leads on who killed Branch, and they do not know of a motive.

Month-old victim

In the other homicide, police say 1-month-old Daquan Dyson was pronounced dead Monday but his death was ruled a homicide Tuesday after medical examiners determined he died of blows to the head.

The boy, who lived in the 1700 block of Ramblewood Road, was rushed to John Hopkins Hospital on Saturday after relatives realized he wasn't breathing, Harris said. The boy's father, Charles Adrian Dyson, 39, initially told police he had accidentally rolled over on his son.

Police arrested the elder Dyson yesterday, charging him with first-degree murder and assault, Harris said.

The recent spate of violence against youths prompted O'Malley to call on city leaders to get involved in helping to save Baltimore.

"All of us need to be outraged at the level of criminal violence affecting the young people of this city," O'Malley said last night.

On record path

"We're on a path right now, unless we all do something to turn this around, to have potentially one of the worst juvenile homicide numbers that we've ever had in this city. It's appalling," the mayor said.

O'Malley said everyone -- including politicians, police, court officials, clergy and business leaders -- must help stop the city's violence.

"We need to take responsibility for our kids," he said. "The drug dealers act like they own our kids, like they can recruit our kids, like they can shoot our kids. ... If you're giving 100 percent, we need 110 percent. If you're giving 80, we need 100."

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