Man sought in child sex case questioned

Police say he 'is not being considered a suspect,' continue probe

May 20, 2010|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore police on Wednesday questioned a man they had been seeking for days in an investigation into an 18-month-old girl who contracted gonorrhea, a city police spokesman confirmed on Thursday.

The 21-year-old man who has twice been convicted of felonies was arrested on a warrant charging him with violating the terms of his probation for a manslaughter conviction in 2007. Police had said the warrant was issued after the man became a person of interest in the child sex case.

But police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Thursday that the man, who was questioned for hours by detectives, "is not being considered a suspect" at this time. Police said they need to investigate his version of what happened inside his neighbor's Cherry Hill row house earlier this month.

The girl's mother has told police that the 21-year-old had been alone with her daughter and that the next day she got sick. She took the child to Harbor Hospital and doctors there and at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center confirmed she had contracted the sexually-transmitted disease.

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