City Digest


January 25, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City tops U.S. list in percentage of teen-age births

Baltimore had the highest percentage of teen births among the nation's 50 largest cities in 2000, and the second-highest percentage of babies with low birth weights and births to unmarried women, according to a new report.

The report, which compared eight measures of child health in all states and in the nation's 50 largest cities, was compiled by Child Trends of Washington and the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation using data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Although Baltimore had the highest percentage of teen births in 2000, the city has improved in that area from previous years. In 2000, 21.5 percent of babies born in the city had teen mothers, down from a high of 22.8 percent in 1997.

Man, 22, pleads guilty in death of his daughter

A city man pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to second-degree murder in the death of his 2-month-old daughter, Quianna Daycell Jackson.

The state medical examiner's office said the infant, born March 20 last year, died in May from trauma. Quentin Jackson, 22, of the 900 block of W. Saratoga St., was charged with murder in September. Police said they received a call from Quianna's mother the day the baby died reporting that the infant was unconscious.

Jackson, who is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center, will be sentenced April 18 by Judge John M. Glynn after a pre-sentencing evaluation, medical evaluation and treatment plan requested by the public defender's office.

Grand jury indicts man in burning of 8-year-old son

A Baltimore grand jury indicted a 46-year-old Baltimore man yesterday on charges related to allegations that he pressed a hot iron against his 8-year-old son's buttocks, the city state's attorney's office said.

William P. Jones, 46, of the 2900 block of Clifton Ave. was indicted on charges of child abuse, first- and second-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment. Police said the incident occurred Jan. 12.

Williams is being held at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center on a parole violation. His arraignment is set for April 17.

Two people fatally shot in two separate incidents

Two people were fatally shot in separate incidents in Baltimore yesterday, police said.

In the first incident, a man was fatally shot inside a West Baltimore neighborhood store just before 6 p.m. The shooting occurred at the Thomas Avenue Grocery and Deli in the 1800 block of Thomas Ave. in Rosemont, said police Sgt. Daniel Salefski.

The victim, whose name was not released, was shot several times in the head and upper body by a man who ran from the store after the shooting, Salefski said.

Salefski said robbery did not appear to be a motive in the killing and that no one else inside the store was injured.

In the second incident, a male who appeared to be a juvenile, police said, was shot in the head about 11 p.m. at the corner of Monument Street and Milton Avenue in East Baltimore, police said. No other details were available last night.

2-hour anti-war `speakout' is scheduled for today

An anti-war "speakout" will be held from noon to 2 p.m. today at the All Peoples Congress Hall, 426 E. 31st St.

Planned are speeches by veterans against war, talks by local activists, a panel discussion and anti-war poetry. Information and a video on last weekend's anti-war rally in Washington will be available.

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