Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

October 29, 2008

Man pleads guilty in toddler's hit-run death

A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty in the 2006 hit-and-run death of a 2-year-old girl who had darted into traffic, the city state's attorney's office says. Donte Spencer of Burleith Avenue pleaded guilty Monday to leaving the scene of a fatal accident and received a suspended five-year prison sentence and three years' probation. Spencer must write an apology to the family of Taemier Forrester and pay a fine. According to prosecutors, Taemier and her family were having a cookout May 20, 2006, in the 2300 block of Lauretta Ave. when the girl darted between two parked vehicles and was hit by a car. The girl suffered massive head injuries and died the next day. The identity of the car's driver was unknown for more than 18 months. In December 2007, a witness came forward to identify Spencer as the driver, and a paint chip from the crime scene was matched to Spencer's car, prosecutors said.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Heritage High student stabbed in hallway fight

A student at Heritage High School was stabbed during a fight in a hallway yesterday afternoon, school officials said. The male student, who was not identified, was stabbed in the upper arm and chest shortly after noon and taken from the Lake Clifton campus by ambulance to a hospital, according to city school spokeswoman Edie House. School officials could not say what was used to stab the student or what his condition was, and could not provide details about what sparked the incident, referring questions to city police, who referred questions to the school system and school police. House said that classes continued, but after-school activities were canceled. The incident remains under investigation, she said. Students told reporters outside the school that classrooms were locked down and that students were informed of the incident over an intercom. One student claimed to have seen large amounts of blood around the victim.

Justin Fenton

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