2-month-old girl dies

father charged in abuse, assault

September 24, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 2-month-old girl taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital on Saturday with a fractured skull and internal injuries - apparently from a beating in her family's Brooklyn Park home - died late yesterday afternoon, Anne Arundel County police said.

The infant's father, Rocael Vail, 24, described by authorities as an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, was arrested yesterday evening on charges including child abuse and assault.

A murder charge has not been filed in the case because authorities are awaiting an autopsy today by the state medical examiner's office, police said.

Jennifer Nicole Vail was found unconscious at the home in the 200 block of Fourth Ave., by police and paramedics responding to a report of an injured child.

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