Mother charged with infant son's murder

Police say mother confesses to burying son and has had 4 children taken away

March 16, 2010|By By Justin Fenton | The Baltimore Sun

The mother of a one-month-old boy, who authorities said has had four other children taken away by social services, confessed Monday to burying the infant in Druid Hill Park and has been charged with first-degree murder, police said.

Homicide detectives tracked down 28-year-old Lakesha Haynie late Monday afternoon, a day after the boy's father led them to the shallow grave in a wooded area of the park. The father told police that his son, Rajahnthon Haynie, had been buried in the park by his mother sometime last month, according to Anthony Guglielmi, the department's chief spokesman.

Haynie was ordered held without bond in a brief bail review hearing Tuesday morning.

An autopsy determined the child died from blunt force trauma and suffered head fractures, Guglielmi said. Lakesha Haynie, of the 2300 block of Whittier Ave., told investigators that the boy had suffocated, but police spokesman Donny Moses said other aspects of her story were consistent with the injuries the state medical examiner had documented.

Moses declined to elaborate.

On Sunday evening, the father, who has not been charged, led police to the spot where the child was buried, and his remains were found inside a bag.

Police began searching for Lakesha Haynie and located a baby carrier and a blanket that the father said had been thrown off a bridge near the Jones Falls Expressway, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.

Baltimore Sun reporter Brent Jones contributed to this article.

Police, with help from the Warrant Apprehension Task Force, arrested the mother Monday afternoon, and the source said she acknowledged that she had buried the child and had told his father the location.

Lakesha Haynie has no criminal record, though she was being sought on a warrant charging her with assault from an October 2009 incident, according to court records.

Moses said the homicide investigation revealed that she had four prior children taken away from her by the Department of Social Services. "We mourn the loss of this baby," said Molly McGrath, Baltimore's director of social services.

The father was not facing charges, Moses said, though the investigation was "open and ongoing."

Rajahnthon Haynie was born Jan. 30, 2010. The boy's body was found in a wooded area a few hundred feet from a road within the park, Guglielmi said. The location of the body was given as 700 Druid Park Lake Drive, a general address for the park, and police and parks officials said they did not have a more precise location.

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