Child Abuse Case Changed to Murder after Child Dies

Infant Dies Seven Years after Initial Prosecution

Child Abuse Case Changed to Murder after Child DiesA Baltimore woman has been charged with murder in the death of her 7-year-old son, after the boy died earlier this year. The child was just 11 months old when his parents brought him to Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2012. Doctors at Johns Hopkins diagnosed the infant as suffering from severe and prolonged malnutrition, bone deformity caused by a lack of calcium, brain injury due to lack of nutrition, and other associated medical conditions. At the time, his mother was charged with child abuse and sentenced to five years probation, while the boy’s father was given a three-year prison term and five years probation.

In May, 2019, when the boy died, the medical examiner concluded that his death was a consequence of the abuse he suffered as an infant. When Baltimore police were notified of the death, the abuse charge against both parents was upgraded to murder.

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