Man, 27, charged in death of toddler

January 16, 2004|By Hanah Cho | Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF

A Westminster man has been charged with homicide in the death of a 14-month-old toddler who was in his care, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday.

Anthony P. Flakes, 47, was arrested on Thanksgiving after Mikayla Rae Barrett died that day. An investigation had led state police to charge him with beating two of the girl's siblings.

Flakes was served the indictment yesterday at the Carroll County Detention Center, where he was being held on child abuse charges related to Mikayla's siblings.

He faces two counts each of second-degree murder and manslaughter because the state's attorney office had two theories on the child's death. He also was charged with first- and second-degree assault and child abuse, according to the indictment. Flakes was being held without bail at the detention center.

Carroll County State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes declined to reveal Mikayla's cause of death yesterday, but said the state medical examiner's office found evidence of homicide.

Flakes told police that he was caring for his girlfriend's four children at their home in the 100 block of Bond St. on Nov. 26 when he discovered that Mikayla had vomited in her crib and was unresponsive.

Mikayla was taken to Carroll Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead early Thanksgiving morning.

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