North Laurel man charged in attempted murder

23-year-old is accused of shaking his daughter

April 04, 2003|By Jason Song | Jason Song,SUN STAFF

Howard County police arrested a North Laurel man yesterday on charges that he attempted to murder his 6-month-old daughter by shaking her last month, authorities said.

McKim McKenny Simmons, 23, of the 9700 block of Lady Slipper Court, was also charged with child abuse, assault and reckless endangerment, police said.

Simmons was being held yesterday at the Howard County Detention Center in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Simmons called authorities about 7:30 p.m. March 18 and said that his daughter, Nyah, was "unresponsive" after falling from a bed, according to police charging documents.

Firefighters took the girl to Howard County General Hospital, and she was then flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital because of the extent of her injuries, according to documents.

Shortly after they treated Nyah, Howard County General doctors notified police that they suspected she may have been a victim of child abuse, the charging documents state. On March 27, county police met with Johns Hopkins Hospital doctors, who said the girl sustained a severe brain injury as a result of abusive shaking, according to the documents.

After further investigation, police determined that Simmons was the only adult at home when Nyah was injured, the documents state. Department spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said police do not have a motive in the case. The child remains at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and is listed in good condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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