Man charged with killing 7-month-old girl

Tests show suspect was with girlfriend's daughter when injuries occurred

June 20, 2007|By Nick Shields | Nick Shields,sun reporter

After months of forensic testing, Baltimore County police have charged a 28-year-old man with murder in the death last year of his Catonsville girlfriend's infant daughter.

Tyrone Lawrence Mosley was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 7-month-old Isabella Nacola Bland, county police said.

Mosley, of the 9222 block of Connell Court in Columbia, had been scheduled for a bail review hearing yesterday morning but was in the hospital after passing out during police interviews on Sunday, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

On May 24, 2006, authorities were called to the first block of Bloomingdale Avenue in Catonsville for a call of a choking baby, according to court papers. When officers arrived they found Isabella unresponsive and began to perform CPR before she was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, according to court papers.

A hospital examination revealed that the girl had dilated pupils, retinal hemorrhaging and bruising on the left side of her head, according to court documents.

A physician said the child was not breathing independently and was in serious condition, court papers show.

"It was the physician's belief that Isabella had been abused and her condition was indicative of `Shaken Baby Syndrome,'" according to court papers.

A physician also noted that Isabella had a cut tongue and a broken femur.

She was then taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where doctors discovered that she also suffered multiple skull fractures, according to court papers.

Isabella died May 29, 2006.

In order to charge someone in the case, it was necessary to find when the infant was injured, Toohey said.

Mosley was alone with Isabella for about 30 minutes the day she received her injuries, Toohey said.

Forensic tests determined Isabella suffered her injuries during that time, he said.

Dr. David Fowler, the state's chief medical examiner, said the term "shaken baby syndrome" is not commonly used by medical examiners.

Generally speaking, he said, a child with similar injuries might have experienced a combination of shaking, slapping or even being thrown onto a surface.

"At the end of the day, almost all of these have to be an assault of some sort," Fowler said. He added: "Don't shake, don't hit - that's what stops these deaths."

nicholas.shields@baltsun.com

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