Police identify Highlandtown woman killed in home

February 01, 2014|From staff reports

Baltimore police Saturday identified a woman found dead in a Highlandtown row house Friday as 51-year-old Kimberly Leto.

Police did not provide additional details, but a neighbor who did not want to be identified said investigators told her they believed it was a burglary. Friends said Leto worked at O'Donnell's Pub in Canton.

From the front of the home, nothing appeared out of the ordinary except for two marked police SUVs parked on the street.

"This is unusual for this block," said neighbor Greg Atkins. "Trust me, my eyes are open all the time."

A police spokesman said officers discovered the woman's body about 7:30 a.m. Friday after receiving a 911 call from someone reporting an unconscious person. The woman had suffered trauma to the body, police said, declining to specify.

City Council member James B. Kraft, who represents Highlandtown, said he requested additional officers, including on foot patrol, in the neighborhood before Christmas and again this year.

He said the mayor's administration and police commanders told him the department is too understaffed to fulfill the requests.

"I don't have a gun. I don't have a badge," he said. "I can't stand on every corner. All I can do is try to get [police officers] where they could be and try to get more of them."

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