Woman seeks information about nephew's death

December 11, 2007|By Julie Scharper | Julie Scharper,SUN REPORTER

Months after the body of 17-year-old Glen Michael Stewart was found burning in a western Baltimore County park, his aunt pleaded yesterday for anyone with information about his death to contact police.

"He was an individual, a person, a young person," said Anniebell Stewart. "He didn't deserve to die like this."

Glen Stewart's body was found just before 2 a.m. on Aug. 27 after passers-by spotted flames at Villa Nova park near Liberty Road. Police have not uncovered a motive or suspects in the killing, Baltimore County police spokesman Cpl. Michael Hill said.

The teenager had disappeared about 8:30 the previous evening after heading to a convenience store near the family's home in the 5400 block of Gist Ave. in West Baltimore, Stewart recalled.

Anniebell Stewart, a 22-year-old senior at Coppin State University, became her nephew's legal guardian about a year and a half ago. The two grew up in the same house, playing card games and watching soap operas together, she said.

A good student in elementary and middle school, Glen Stewart began to get in trouble when he moved in with his mother at the age of 12, Anniebell Stewart said. He was arrested and charged several times as a juvenile, suspected of serving as a lookout for drug dealers, she said.

When the boy's mother - Anniebell Stewart's older sister - became unable to care for him, Anniebell Stewart obtained custody of her nephew, and he moved back to his grandparents' home in May 2006.

The teenager appeared to improve and began studying for his GED and working at a Checkers restaurant, Stewart said. However, he continued to hang out with some friends who were bad influences, she said.

Hours after Baltimore County police told the family that the teenager was dead, city police arrived with a warrant for his arrest, saying that he was wanted in connection with an armed robbery July 26, Stewart said.

Stewart said that she and her family have been so distraught over the teen's death that they didn't eat Thanksgiving dinner. The holiday season is especially hard because the boy would have celebrated his birthday next week.

"This case is not just another statistic, another number," she said. "He was a child."

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020. Callers can remain anonymous.

julie.scharper@baltsun.com

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