Crime Digest

April 30, 2009

Man to stand trial in drowning case

A medical evaluator has found a Montgomery County man, accused of drowning his three children, competent to stand trial. Attorneys in the case have been proceeding with trial preparations, including a hearing to ensure prosecutors turned over all evidence against Mark Castillo to his attorney, according to court records. Castillo is charged with killing Anthony, 6; Austin, 4; and Athena, 2, in a bathtub at the Marriott Inner Harbor hotel in March 2008 during a custody and divorce battle.

Melissa Harris

Man charged with assaulting child, 4

The husband of a Frederick day care provider has been charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old enrolled in the home-based center, Maryland State Police said. Robert W. Fry, 67, of the 4300 block of Ballenger Creek Pike was charged with sexual abuse of a minor, third-degree sexual assault and second-degree assault. He was released Monday after posting $50,000 bond. The license of Fry's wife has been suspended while the investigation continues. Anyone with additional information is asked to call 301-600-4150.

Liz F. Kay

Police investigate death of man in city

City police said they were investigating the death of a man whose body was found April 25. The man, whom police did not identify, was found unconscious on a couch in a Northeast Baltimore home, in the 2800 block of Erdman Ave., at about 7:40 p.m. An autopsy on Monday determined the man died from head trauma, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Police also identified the victim of a Southeast Baltimore stabbing from April 18 as Ernesto Flores, 23, of the unit block of North Clinton St., where the stabbing occurred.

Justin Fenton

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