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By Christopher Skokna | Posted 6/18/2008

Murders This Week: 9
Murders This Year: 93

The death of an infant was ruled a homicide this week. At 4:20 p.m. on March 9, police were called to an apartment in the 300 block of South Monroe Street, in Southwest Baltimore's Carrollton Ridge neighborhood, with regard to a dead infant or fetus at that location. Paramedics had found a 28- to 32-week-old male fetus, weighing 2.9 pounds, wrapped in a towel on a sofa. The fetus was dead. According to police, the mother said she was unaware of her pregnancy, and that she had spent the previous evening drinking and smoking, and had taken Motrin and heroin to relieve cramps. At some point, she went to the bathroom and delivered the fetus in the toilet. On June 10, the death was ruled a homicide, as the medical examiner determined that the fetus died of drowning and hypothermia. The mother of the infant, an adult black female, is considered a suspect and is in custody, but she has not yet been charged and police have not released her name.

Monday, June 9

12:15 a.m. A man was driving a friend home when he saw the body of a man lying in the 4500 block of Bonner Road in West Forest Park. Kenneth Cooper Jones, a 26-year-old African-American man from South Baltimore, had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at 12:26 a.m.

Wednesday, June 11

5:40 p.m. Residents of an apartment building in the 3500 block of Buena Vista Avenue, in Hampden, notified their landlord of people in an unoccupied unit. The landlord found the body of a dead white woman in the apartment, but no one else and no signs of ransacking. He alerted paramedics, who pronounced the woman dead at 5:48 p.m. According to police, the woman appeared at first to be the victim of an overdose--there were track marks on her arms, and a crackpipe and syringe were found in the apartment--but the medical examiner determined the woman to have died as a result of strangulation and ruled it a homicide. The woman has yet to be identified.

Thursday, June 12

3:02 a.m. Western District officers received a call to the 1500 block of Moreland Avenue. When they arrived they found the bodies of two 17-year-old black males, who had both been shot throughout the body, lying in Sen. Troy Brailey-Easterwood Park in the 1500 block of North Bentalou Street. Both victims were sent to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were pronounced dead at 3:55 a.m. The victims' families have yet to be contacted, so police have not released their names.

Friday, June 13

2:23 a.m. A man was walking down the 3100 block of Brighton Street, about 10 blocks west of Easterwood Park, toward its intersection with North Rosedale Street, when a light-colored four-door car traveling south on Rosedale stopped and one of its passengers shot him. The man, a 27-year-old black man who lived in the neighborhood, ran to his home and the car fled. Police and paramedics responded and took the man to Shock Trauma, where he was listed in critical condition; after surgery, he was pronounced dead at 7:25 a.m. The man's family has not yet been contacted.

Saturday, June 14

2:32 a.m. Police were called to a triple shooting in the 4200 block of Shamrock Avenue, a block northeast of Herring Run Park and just off Belair Road. The officers found Justin Amis, a 22-year-old black man, sitting in the driver's seat of a black Nissan Ultima; he had been fatally shot in the right side of his back. Bryant Price, a 23-year-old black man who lived on the other side of the park, was found dead lying on the ground nearby with gunshots to his body. The third victim was standing outside the car and had suffered a graze wound to the back of his head.

6 a.m. A few hours later, police responded to an adult Asian man who was not breathing in the 2900 block of Hamilton Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. They found him lying under a carport in a pool of blood with a stab wound or laceration to the head. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:37 a.m.

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