Teen charged in rape, killing is denied bail

CRIME WATCH

June 27, 2006|By CHRIS YAKAITIS

A 15-year-old boy charged as an adult with raping and killing his 4-year-old cousin last week was ordered held without bail yesterday during a hearing at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Ronald Hinton was being held in lieu of bail after a hearing in the same courtroom Friday. At the time, the girl was alive as the suspect was charged with first-degree rape, assault and child abuse. Janiya Woodley died later that day, and the charges against Hinton were upgraded to first- and second-degree murder over the weekend.

Yesterday, Hinton again came to the courtroom and was denied bail, this time by District Judge Kathleen M. Sweeney. Prosecutors also filed an additional child abuse count against him.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of incorrect information provided by the Baltimore Police Department, articles on June 24, 25 and 27 misidentified a 4-year-old murder victim. Her name is Ja'Niya E. Williams.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Hinton called police Wednesday and said that Janiya had been injured after falling off a bed in a Northeast Baltimore apartment. He also said the girl suffered from injuries when a fan had fallen on her a few days before. But police said her injuries could not have been caused by such an accident.

Charging documents allege that the girl was raped, sexually assaulted, bitten and beaten with a belt. She had been hospitalized at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her cousin, John Bryant, said the family decided Friday to remove her from life support.

Hinton is being held in isolation in the Baltimore City Detention Center.

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