Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

December 30, 2003

Westminster man, 30, found dead in his apartment

Authorities are investigating what they have classified as the suspicious death of a 30-year-old Westminster man.

Richard Paul Atkins of the 100 block of E. Main St. was found dead in his apartment about 12:30 p.m. yesterday by a relative who had gone to check on him, Westminster police said.

Maj. Dean Brewer, acting Westminster police chief, said the death has been ruled suspicious. He declined to elaborate. "I'm going to be very tight-mouthed about it," he said. "I can't discuss it at all because an investigation is under way and a lot of work has to be done before we get to that point."

Atkins' body was sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Authorities ask anyone with information about Atkins' death to call Westminster police at 410-848-4646 or the TIPS line at 410-857-TIPS (8477).

Police identify child who drowned in bathtub

Police released yesterday the name of a 4-year-old Finksburg boy who drowned Friday morning in a bathtub in his family's home. Authorities said they do not suspect foul play in the death.

Jacob Butler Allred was found unconscious about 8:50 a.m. in the bathtub at the home in the 3900 block of Gamber Road.

An autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was drowning although the state medical examiner has not ruled on the manner in which the child died, Maryland State Police Capt. R. Scott Yinger said.

"We need to wait for some more testing to come back for that," Yinger said.

Investigators have interviewed many of the boy's relatives, and the investigation is continuing, but, Yinger said, "We don't have any reason to [suspect] foul play ... up to this stage in the investigation."

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