Chase teen charged in abuse of his girlfriend's daughter

Infant left in his care listed in critical condition

October 25, 2003|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old boy from Chase has been charged with child abuse and assaulting his girlfriend's 7-month-old daughter, who was in critical condition yesterday at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore County police said.

Police said Norris Alan Epps of the first block of Ambo Circle called 911 on Wednesday evening while babysitting the infant. He initially told officers the baby girl had fallen while he was preparing her bottle, according to charging documents filed in District Court.

Detectives said in the court papers that Epps later told them he had been drinking, the baby had been crying all day and that he was frustrated and started to shake her. He allegedly told police that he realized he shouldn't be doing that and stopped.

Epps said he accidentally hit the baby's head on a wall as he walked to the kitchen and that her head hit the counter as he tried to check her, according to court documents. Later that evening, Epps said, the infant fell off a bed. He called 911 from a neighbor's house about 6 p.m., police said.

The baby's mother, Regina Jordan, was working at the time, according to court papers. Police said Epps lives with Jordan, 18, and her daughter, Niakiaya Aliya Jordan, who was born in March.

Paramedics transported the baby to Franklin Square Hospital Center, but she was transferred to the UM medical center's pediatric intensive care unit, where neurosurgeons had to drain blood from the baby's brain and attach a ventilator to help her breathe, according to court papers.

Epps was being held yesterday at Baltimore County Detention Center on $250,000 bail.

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