Girl, 15, is the fifth person charged in beating at party

April 15, 2004|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A 15-year-old girl who is accused of using her high-heel boots as a weapon in the near-fatal beating of a 12-year-old West Baltimore girl at a birthday party this year was denied bail yesterday by a District Court judge.

Seletta Broaddus, who was a guest at the party, is the fifth person charged as an adult in the fierce, free-for-all attack on Nicole Ashley Townes in February.

Broaddus, of the 400 block of N. Hilton St., was charged Tuesday as an adult with attempted first-degree murder, assault, reckless endangerment and other counts.

According to charging documents, Broaddus saw several people beating Nicole at the party and joined in after saying, "This [girl] ain't bleeding." She then attacked Nicole's head with her boot heel, according to police. Broaddus, who prosecutors say has no prior record, is accused of stomping Nicole with three other teens. Nicole's sister, Brenda Bailey, 11, was also beaten but had less serious injuries.

Nicole spent 20 days in a coma and is now recovering in a rehabilitation center. Court documents indicate she is likely to have permanent damage.

Two other women indicted in the group beating -- Monique Baldwin, 36, and Erin Baldwin, 19 -- were denied bail by a Circuit Court judge this month.

Monique Baldwin, who is accused of instigating the group attack, is Erin Baldwin's cousin.

At least five people -- women and girls -- are accused of kicking, stomping and punching Nicole until she was bloodied and unconscious. The men at the party were asked to participate, but declined, documents show.

Others indicted in connection with the beating are Monique Baldwin's niece, Temprest Baldwin, 14, who was charged as an adult, and Kenya Keene, 24, who lived with Nicole.

Monique Baldwin's daughter, who is 13, was charged as a juvenile with attempted first-degree murder. Another 13-year-old girl was also charged as a juvenile with attempted first-degree murder Tuesday.

Monique Baldwin threw the party Feb. 28 for her daughter. The attack on Nicole began after a 12-year-old boy at the party kissed Nicole, according to documents.

Erin Baldwin became upset, telling Nicole she looked like a girl who had accused her brother of rape, records show.

Monique Baldwin repeatedly ordered her relatives to beat and stomp Nicole until she was limp, according to documents.

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