Death of Northeast Baltimore girl, 4, investigated as homicide

Police also investigating weekend fatal shooting in Cherry Hill

August 29, 2011|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

The death of a 4-year-old girl taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital last week with severe head trauma is being investigated as a homicide, city police said.

Police were contacted on Aug. 24 by child protective services officials, who said 4-year-old Dramiara Johnson had been admitted to the hospital with massive head trauma and was not expected to survive. The girl's mother said the girl had been "play-fighting" with her brother at their Northeast Baltimore home and fell and hit her head, but the attending physician "believed that this was not an accident," according to Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Dramiara, of the 1700 block of Gorsuch Ave., remained hospitalized for several days until her family decided to take her off life support at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, Moses said. The case was then referred to homicide detectives.

"Everyone in the family is a suspect," Moses said of the continuing investigation.

Molly McGrath, director of the city's Department of Social Services, said she could not discuss whether her agency had had previous contacts with the family.

Police were also investigating a shooting death that occurred Sunday night in Cherry Hill. An unidentified man was found suffering from gunshot wounds about 8:40 p.m. in the 2800 block of Round Road. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at 9:25 p.m. Police said the man was found in the street, but investigators had few other details.

Police also identified a man found shot to death on Aug. 25 in the 1200 block of Valley St. in East Baltimore as Kennard Hailey, 26, of the 4900 block of Goodnow Road. A spokesman said police have little information about Hailey's death, and the case remains open.

Anyone with information was asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

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