Mother denies killing newborn

`I didn't do what they said,' former Villa Julie student, 21, says during bail hearing

Baltimore & Region

December 02, 2005|By NICK SHIELDS AND LAURA BARNHARDT | NICK SHIELDS AND LAURA BARNHARDT,SUN REPORTERS

A former Villa Julie College student accused of murdering her newborn daughter told a judge yesterday that she was not responsible for the child's death.

"I've never done nothing in my life," Danielle Eboni Riley, 21, said during a bail review hearing at District Court in Towson. "I didn't do what they said."

Riley, of Forestville in Prince George's County, is accused of killing her baby shortly after giving birth in October in a dormitory at the college's satellite campus in Owings Mills, according to charging documents filed Wednesday. The infant's body was found in a storm drain in Clinton in Prince George's.

During the hearing - which was postponed until today because Riley's attorney did not appear in court - a pretrial services representative told Judge Philip N. Tirabassi that Riley has a son, but did not say how old the boy is or who has custody of him. The pretrial services representative also told the judge that Riley recently lived with her son, her mother and her two siblings in Forestville.

Riley withdrew from classes in October, according to college officials.

Karen Lynch, director of the Prince George's County Department of Social Services, said yesterday in a telephone interview that she could not discuss a "matter of child welfare" and declined to say whether the department had provided services in Riley's case.

Baltimore County police were called to a residence hall at Villa Julie on Oct. 3, according to court papers. Riley's roommate told police that she tried to get into a bathroom earlier in the day, and that Riley had locked the door and said she was sick, according to the charging documents. The roommate said she heard what might have been the cries of an infant.

When the roommate later found blood in the bathroom, she notified campus security, who called police, according to charging documents.

An investigation led detectives to a house in Clinton, where detectives found the infant nearby in a trash bag in a 10-foot storm drain.

An autopsy concluded that the child died from head trauma, asphyxiation and environmental exposure.

Police have not said how or why they believe the infant was killed.

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com laura.barnhardt@baltsun.com

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