Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

February 23, 2007

Warrant is issued in toddler's killing

A 25-year-old woman is accused of beating her 2-year-old child to death in September in Baltimore, and city police last night were seeking a man in connection with the crime.

At a bail review hearing yesterday, a judge reduced Destiny D'Urso's bail from $1 million to $350,000. D'Urso, whose current address is in Damascus, was arrested Wednesday on charges of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

Prosecutors said an arrest warrant has been issued for Paul Anthony Highfield III, 27, of Jarrettsville. Police said the man they are looking for faces the same charges as D'Urso.

Highfield and D'Urso both were with Anthony Joseph D'Urso when he stopped breathing Sept. 12 at a home on East Patapsco Avenue in Brooklyn, according to charging documents.

Police noticed bruises on the toddler's face and body, according to the documents. Highfield and D'Urso both have given statements to police, the documents say.

Julie Bykowicz

Boy's killing brings 35 years

An 18-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy in July in the 2700 block of E. Monument St.

Demetri Greer, who lived a block from the shooting, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and a handgun charge and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Greer admitted shooting Dion Williams during an argument July 17, city prosecutors said. Witnesses identified Greer, and he confessed to the crime, prosecutors said.

Julie Bykowicz

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