Regional Digest

Regional Digest

December 27, 2003|By From staff reports

In Carroll County

Finksburg boy, 4, apparently drowns in bathtub at home

FINKSBURG - Authorities are investigating the death of a 4-year-old Carroll County boy who apparently drowned early yesterday in a bathtub in his family's home, Maryland State Police said.

The child's name was not released last night.

State police in Westminster said the boy's mother found him unconscious in the bathtub at their home in the 3900 block of Gamber Road about 8:50 a.m. She called 911, and the child was taken to the Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, where he was pronounced dead.

Detective Sgt. Andrew G. Winner said investigators are awaiting the results of the medical examiner's report and continuing to interview relatives of the child, whom he declined to identify.

"We're really waiting for that report at this point," Winner said. "We're hoping he could shed some light on some things for us."

Pedestrian's death under investigation

WESTMINSTER - City police are investigating an accident that killed a 19-year-old pedestrian Wednesday evening.

Amanda Nicole Bell of the first block of Liberty St. died at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being struck nearly six hours earlier by a Chevrolet Blazer on Route 140, police said.

The Blazer, driven by Joseph F. Parsons, 60, of Westminster was traveling east about 6:15 p.m. in the left turn lane from Route 140 to North Center Street when the girl attempted to walk south across the eight-lane highway, police said. Witnesses interviewed at the scene told police that Bell had stepped into the path of the Blazer just before being struck.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Bell was not in a designated pedestrian crossing when she was struck, police said.

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