Couple charged in death of their 1-month-old son

January 31, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Woodlawn couple have been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of their infant son last year, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Quantina Tisdale, 24, and Johnnie Jay Teague, 31, of the 6300 block of Windsor Mill Road were charged late Thursday with manslaughter, child abuse and reckless endangerment, and were being held without bail. The 1-month-old died Oct. 15 after someone put a rag in his mouth, police said.

The next day, a medical examiner ruled that Shaquan Arthur Teague died from asphyxia caused by homicide, according to charging documents filed in District Court. However, detectives continued to investigate the death until this week, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

In interviews with police, Teague said he put a small part of the rag in the baby's mouth, and Tisdale told detectives that she had put the rag in the baby's mouth on past occasions, according to charging documents. Detectives have not determined why the parents did that, Vinson said.

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