Parents, grandparents charged in baby's death

October 23, 2007|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,Sun reporter

The parents and paternal grandparents of a 5-month-old Cecil County boy who was found dead in his crib last year have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with his death, state police said yesterday.

Police said the boy's father struck the child in the head while he was crying, and although the boy showed symptoms of severe injuries over the next four days, no one sought medical assistance. On Nov. 28, Calob C. Martin was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital after being found unresponsive in his crib, and the state medical examiner later said his death was the result of blunt-force trauma to the head.

On Friday, a Cecil County grand jury charged the father, Billy C. Martin, with second-degree murder. The child's mother and grandparents have been charged with child abuse resulting in death and rendering a child in need of assistance, police said. All were living at the grandparents' home in the 300 block of Bell Manor Road in Conowingo at the time of the incident.

Martin is incarcerated at the Baltimore County Detention Center, serving a six-month sentence for theft, according to court records. Police planned to serve the indictment last night and return him to Cecil County. He also faces child abuse and assault charges.

Yesterday, the boy's mother, Terri M. Rust, 23, of the 1300 block of Harford Square Drive in Edgewood, was arrested at the Maryland State Police barracks in North East; and the grandparents, Billy C. Sadler, 51, and Gloria J. Sadler, 53, were arrested at their home. All three were taken to the Cecil County Detention Center and are expected to make an appearance before a judge today.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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