Bound child found in downtown hotel

Mother of autistic boy, 8, held on charges of abuse, false imprisonment

September 20, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

THE MOTHER — A Texas woman was arrested over the weekend on charges including child abuse after her 8-year-old autistic son was found wandering alone in her room at a downtown Baltimore hotel with his hands bound behind his back, city authorities said.

The mother - identified as Crinne Bohanon, 41, of the Dallas suburb of Allen - was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center on charges of second-degree assault, child abuse, reckless endangerment, leaving a child unattended and false imprisonment, said Margaret T. Burns, spokeswoman for the city state's attorney's office.

About 8 p.m. Saturday, a member of the housekeeping staff at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel entered a room to turn down the beds when she noticed the boy crying and wandering about the room with his hands tied behind him, Burns said.

She called her supervisor, who then alerted hotel security. The child was untied and city police arrived moments later, Burns said.

While police and hotel personnel were in the room, the mother arrived and was arrested after a brief interview.

Burns said the boy was first taken to Maryland General Hospital, then transferred to the pediatric emergency department at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was found to be uninjured and in good health.

He was subsequently placed in the custody of the city's Department of Social Services, Burns said. The child's name was not released.

Burns said the mother told police she brought her son to Baltimore for evaluation at a medical facility, but did not know when they arrived here.

Bohanon is to have a bail review hearing today in District Court, Burns said.

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