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December 27, 2008
On December 21, 2008, HELEN E. JANOWITZ (nee Griffin); beloved wife of the late Joseph Janowitz; sister to John Griffin of Orlando, FL.; and the late Donald Griffin; mother of Brenda Gorub and David Janowitz and wife Ellen; grandmother of Holly Helmcamp, Lisa Connelly, Tracy Gober and Robin Blucher; great-grandmother to Justin, Damien and Eric Helmcamp, Amanda and Shannon Connelly, Jordyn and Nick Blucher and Nathan and Danny Gober; great-great-grandmother to...
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2011
Dr. John W. "Jack" Griffin, an internationally acclaimed expert on diseases of the peripheral nervous system and founding director of the Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute who had also headed the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's department of neurology, died Saturday of bladder cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Cockeysville resident was 69. "Hopkins, and the greater scientific world, has lost a great leader. His professional and personal commitment to his patients and research were unparalleled," Dr. Edward D. Miller, dean of the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in a news release Tuesday.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,jennifer.mcmenamin@baltsun.com | September 12, 2008
A Baltimore County judge hearing the case of the Rodgers Forge couple charged with murder in the starvation death of their 2-year-old son ruled yesterday that a police search warrant for the family's home was valid. Defense attorneys for John J. Griffin and Susan J. Griffin had argued that the warrant was so vague as to be unconstitutional, particularly in giving police authority to search for "any and all bloody clothing, any and all bloody items, any and all items that may lead to motive and any and all items that could reveal evidence of negligence."
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | April 17, 2009
There was little reason to suspect that something terrible - the withering abuse and neglect of a child - was happening behind the walls of the Griffin family's rented brick townhouse in Rodgers Forge. John Griffin, a graduate of private schools in Baltimore, had a job as a computer engineer that paid well. He and his wife, Susan, and their five children were all covered by health insurance. She had worked in a medical office before becoming a full-time mother. He jogged with friends. But the family was unraveling, distracted and consumed with internal warfare.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Julie Scharper and Laura Barnhardt and Julie Scharper,Sun reporters | December 29, 2007
When he died this week, 2-year-old Andrew Patrick Griffin weighed about 13 pounds, roughly the same as the typical 3-month-old. His body was covered with bruises and abrasions, and he appeared malnourished and dehydrated, according to investigators. His parents, a Towson couple with four other children, have been arrested and charged with child abuse in connection with the toddler's death, Baltimore County police said yesterday, describing the case as one that bears the signs of protracted neglect.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,Sun reporter | April 15, 2008
A Towson couple charged with child abuse late last year in the death of their 2-year-old son were indicted yesterday on first-degree murder charges. Murder charges were filed against John J. Griffin and Susan Griffin of Rodgers Forge after a state medical examiner determined that the toddler died of starvation, said Baltimore County prosecutor Robin S. Coffin. The couple's son, Andrew Patrick Griffin, weighed about 13 pounds - roughly the weight of a typical 3-month-old - when he died Dec. 26 at St. Joseph Medical Center.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,sun reporter | May 2, 2008
A Baltimore County prosecutor handling the murder cases against a Rodgers Forge couple charged in the starvation death of their 2-year-old son said yesterday that the abuse inflicted by the parents was "tantamount to torture" and that investigators are looking into the possibility that another of the couple's children was also abused. "This is not a circumstance where parents lost their mind, that they did a momentary misstep or misdeed against a child that caused the death," Robin S. Coffin, a deputy state's attorney, told the judge considering a defense request for a reduction in the father's bail.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | February 18, 2009
The photographs beamed onto a courtroom screen showed a scrawny, emaciated toddler, his body covered in bruises and abrasions, arms and legs limp, eyes half-closed, mouth agape. Andrew Patrick Griffin was two months shy of his third birthday when the picture was taken in the emergency room at St. Joseph Medical Center on Dec. 26, 2007, about an hour after he was pronounced dead. In Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday, the boy's mother, Susan J. Griffin - who, along with her husband, John J. Griffin, is accused of first-degree murder - began sobbing when a prosecutor showed the photographs.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | February 26, 2009
A couple accused of beating and starving their son were found guilty yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court of second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse. John J. Griffin and Susan J. Griffin, both 39, will be sentenced March 27 for their roles in the death of the boy, Andrew Patrick Griffin, who was almost 3 when his father took the unresponsive child to a Towson emergency room. Hospital staff described the boy's condition as "shocking." Each of the charges calls for a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,Sun reporter | August 22, 2008
A Baltimore County judge is considering tossing out evidence seized by police in the search of the Rodgers Forge home of a couple charged with murder in the starvation death of their 2-year-old son. Attorneys for John J. Griffin and Susan J. Griffin argued yesterday that prosecutors should be prohibited from introducing the evidence at trial - including blood and several years' worth of e-mails - because the search warrant was written so broadly that...
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | February 26, 2009
A couple accused of beating and starving their son were found guilty yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court of second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse. John J. Griffin and Susan J. Griffin, both 39, will be sentenced March 27 for their roles in the death of the boy, Andrew Patrick Griffin, who was almost 3 when his father took the unresponsive child to a Towson emergency room. Hospital staff described the boy's condition as "shocking." Each of the charges calls for a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | February 25, 2009
Taking the witness stand to defend himself against charges of abuse and murder in the death of his young son, John J. Griffin said yesterday he had been too busy with work to notice the boy's worsening condition, and that he had not seen any wounds on the child before taking him to the hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead. In the two months preceding the death of Andrew Griffin on Dec. 26, 2007, when he was almost 3 years old, his father said he was so consumed with his job as a computer systems engineer that he sometimes worked 18-hour stints and, leaving home early and returning late, would often not see Andrew for days at a time.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | February 19, 2009
A man whose severely malnourished son, his body marked by bruises and bloody abrasions, was declared dead at a Towson hospital in 2007 became defensive and combative a few hours later when a detective suggested that the boy's death amounted to homicide. "I did not murder my son!" John J. Griffin yelled, pounding a table in a police interview room, where the conversation was videotaped. "I will not have you or anyone else tell me that I murdered my son! Get me a lawyer, now!" The interview was shown yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court on the second day of the bench trial of Griffin and his wife, Susan, both 39, on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of their son Andrew.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | February 18, 2009
The photographs beamed onto a courtroom screen showed a scrawny, emaciated toddler, his body covered in bruises and abrasions, arms and legs limp, eyes half-closed, mouth agape. Andrew Patrick Griffin was two months shy of his third birthday when the picture was taken in the emergency room at St. Joseph Medical Center on Dec. 26, 2007, about an hour after he was pronounced dead. In Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday, the boy's mother, Susan J. Griffin - who, along with her husband, John J. Griffin, is accused of first-degree murder - began sobbing when a prosecutor showed the photographs.
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December 27, 2008
On December 21, 2008, HELEN E. JANOWITZ (nee Griffin); beloved wife of the late Joseph Janowitz; sister to John Griffin of Orlando, FL.; and the late Donald Griffin; mother of Brenda Gorub and David Janowitz and wife Ellen; grandmother of Holly Helmcamp, Lisa Connelly, Tracy Gober and Robin Blucher; great-grandmother to Justin, Damien and Eric Helmcamp, Amanda and Shannon Connelly, Jordyn and Nick Blucher and Nathan and Danny Gober; great-great-grandmother to...
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,jennifer.mcmenamin@baltsun.com | October 19, 2008
She joked that before he died, her nearly 3-year-old son weighed less than her infant daughter. She offered no explanation for the blood that police found on the bedroom walls and ceiling or on the bassinet in which the boy often slept - other than the bloody noses that she said she and her children suffered in the dry winter air. And she said she and her husband worried whenever company came to their Rodgers Forge home that they would be accused of...
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | April 17, 2009
There was little reason to suspect that something terrible - the withering abuse and neglect of a child - was happening behind the walls of the Griffin family's rented brick townhouse in Rodgers Forge. John Griffin, a graduate of private schools in Baltimore, had a job as a computer engineer that paid well. He and his wife, Susan, and their five children were all covered by health insurance. She had worked in a medical office before becoming a full-time mother. He jogged with friends. But the family was unraveling, distracted and consumed with internal warfare.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,jennifer.mcmenamin@baltsun.com | October 19, 2008
She joked that before he died, her nearly 3-year-old son weighed less than her infant daughter. She offered no explanation for the blood that police found on the bedroom walls and ceiling or on the bassinet in which the boy often slept - other than the bloody noses that she said she and her children suffered in the dry winter air. And she said she and her husband worried whenever company came to their Rodgers Forge home that they would be accused of...
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,jennifer.mcmenamin@baltsun.com | September 12, 2008
A Baltimore County judge hearing the case of the Rodgers Forge couple charged with murder in the starvation death of their 2-year-old son ruled yesterday that a police search warrant for the family's home was valid. Defense attorneys for John J. Griffin and Susan J. Griffin had argued that the warrant was so vague as to be unconstitutional, particularly in giving police authority to search for "any and all bloody clothing, any and all bloody items, any and all items that may lead to motive and any and all items that could reveal evidence of negligence."
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,Sun reporter | August 22, 2008
A Baltimore County judge is considering tossing out evidence seized by police in the search of the Rodgers Forge home of a couple charged with murder in the starvation death of their 2-year-old son. Attorneys for John J. Griffin and Susan J. Griffin argued yesterday that prosecutors should be prohibited from introducing the evidence at trial - including blood and several years' worth of e-mails - because the search warrant was written so broadly that...
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