Mother charged, held in 18-month-old's death

Girl likely smothered

another baby also killed in unrelated homicide

March 01, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Baltimore homicide detectives have arrested and charged a 40-year-old woman in the death, apparently by suffocation, of her 18-month-old daughter.

The baby was found dead in her home Saturday by Southwestern District police officers investigating a report of an injured child - one of two unrelated homicides last week in which babies were the victims.

Charged with first-degree murder and held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center was Monalisa Mackey of the 500 block of Brunswick St., police said.

Officers arriving at the house about 2 p.m. found Alicia Coreton lying dead at the bottom of a stairway.

Police said Mackey told them the child fell down the stairs, but evidence and an autopsy indicated she was smothered by a pillow. Mackey is accused of killing the child because she was crying too much.

Mackey's two other children, a 5-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl, were placed in the care of the city's Child Protective Services, police said.

In the other case, police said Dajah McKoy, 13 months, of the 3600 block of Bowers Ave. was admitted to Northwest Hospital Center on Tuesday with injuries to her head and body, and was listed in critical condition.

That day, Tavon Wilson, 19, the mother's live-in boyfriend, was arrested and charged with child abuse, and held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Police said that the child died Friday and that an autopsy showed she was beaten with an unknown weapon. The state medical examiner's office ruled her death a homicide.

Police said Wilson is expected to be charged today with first-degree murder.

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