Woman held in death of her baby was on probation for abuse

April 18, 2003|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A pregnant Baltimore woman who police say admitted this week that she shook to death her 2-month-old baby was on probation for child abuse at the time of the infant's death, court documents show.

Keisha Carr, 23, of the 800 block of W. Fayette St. was ordered yesterday to be held without bail by a District Court judge. She is charged with first-degree murder, assault and child abuse.

Carr, who is two months' pregnant, was arrested Tuesday night after police said she described to them how she killed her infant, David Allan Carr, who died Feb. 12, court documents show. She said she could not control her anger toward her husband, James Carr, and took out her rage on her son, according to the documents.

"She grabbed David Carr around his rib cage and repeatedly shook the child in anger and frustration," reads a charging document. She also is accused of hitting his head against his crib, fracturing his skull.

Police said Carr told them that she injured her 2-year-old son James Carr the same way last year, but he did not die.

In February last year, she pleaded guilty to child abuse for harming James. She was given a five-year suspended prison term and three years' probation.

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