Police seek man for questioning in toddler's sexual disease

Gonorrhea confirmed in 18-month-old

May 12, 2010|By Perter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police are seeking to question a man who may have assaulted an 18-month-old girl who contracted the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea, according to a city police spokesman.

Police said they have tried several addresses for the man but had not found him as of Wednesday evening. The spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, said Wednesday evening that state parole and probation agents requested and received a warrant charging the man with violating the terms of his release from prison.

Guglielmi said the suspect has violated the terms of his probation three times in recent years. He was arrested each time, but judges continued his probation with no additional prison time, the spokesman said.

Details of the suspect's criminal past were not immediately available. His name was not publicly released because he has not been charged in the attack on the toddler. Guglielmi said that the man is being sought for questioning.

The parents of the 18-month-old brought the infant from their home in South Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood to Harbor Hospital on Monday, worried that she had been attacked and was sick.

They told police that a family acquaintance was responsible. On Tuesday, the Baltimore Child Abuse Center conducted tests and confirmed Wednesday that the child has the disease, Guglielmi said.

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