Mother of arrested boy is charged in new case

March 25, 2007|By John Fritze

The mother of the 7-year-old boy who was arrested earlier this month in Baltimore for driving on a motorized dirt bike was arrested yesterday and charged with hindering an investigation by Baltimore police into an apparent drug deal, a police spokesman said.

Lakisa Dinkins, 31, was arrested in the 2200 block of Prentiss Place about 4:25 p.m. yesterday after plainclothes police ran into a home in pursuit of a man they said was involved in a drug deal, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Dinkins became belligerent and demanded that the officers leave the house, Harris said.

Dinkins has publicly criticized the Police Department for the arrest March 13 of her son, 7-year-old Gerard Mungo Jr., for riding a dirt bike in the 2100 block of E. Federal St, an incident first reported in The Examiner.

Mayor Sheila Dixon apologized for the arrest. Dinkins has since appeared at a rally outside City Hall and also with mayoral candidate Andrey Bundley, criticizing the Police Department's handling of the case.

Dinkins, Harris said, was being held at the city's Central Booking and Intake Center. He said there was no connection between the two arrests.

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