Severn Boy's Death Is Ruled Homicide

August 19, 2009|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

The death of a toddler last week in Severn has been ruled a homicide, and Anne Arundel County police said charges against the man who was taking care of the youngster are pending.

Police said Charles Michael Brandley, 3, reportedly fell down stairs Aug. 7 at a home in the 8200 block of Tomlinson Court and was taken to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center. But then he was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital in critical condition, where doctors told police that the child's injuries did not match those of a tumble down the stairs. Charles died last Wednesday and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide on Friday.

Detectives questioned a 28-year-old man who said he was taking care of the child at the time of the injuries, and charges are pending, spokesman Justin Mulcahy said.

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