City investigates teenager's electrocution on field


City officials said they were still trying to determine yesterday how a metal fence next to a Druid Hill Park softball field became electrified, killing a 14-year-old girl Friday night.

Field No. 8, where the incident occurred, has been closed and all night games at Druid Hill are being moved to other sites until further notice, said Kia McLeod, a spokeswoman for Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks.

The victim, Deanna Green of Randallstown, was waiting for her turn at bat about 8 p.m. Friday when she put her foot on a metal fence running along the field, witnesses said. She grabbed hold of a second fence, then fell unconscious. She was pronounced dead at Sinai Hospital.

Linda Foy, a spokeswoman for BGE, said yesterday that its investigation concluded that the problem occurred with an underground line. She said BGE had no responsibility for the line and it is up to the customer - in this case the city - to maintain the safety and effectiveness of its equipment.

McLeod declined to respond, noting the continuing investigation. She said more information would be released today.

"The mayor did direct the city agencies, including [Recreation and Parks] and DPW [the Department of Public Works], to conduct a thorough investigation to make sure this doesn't happen again," said Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin O'Malley.

The teenager was at the park to play softball in her church league.

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