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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 12/24/2008

Murders This Week: 5
Murders This Year: 228

The death of a newborn boy was added to the homicide rolls this week. On Oct. 4, Melanie Blevins, a 22-year-old Caucasian woman from Westminster, went to Union Memorial Hospital at 8:30 p.m. complaining of urinary pain. Doctors examined her and discovered that she had given birth that day. Blevins allegedly admitted to giving birth, but said the baby was stillborn. She was living at St. John's Methodist Church at 2640 St. Paul St. in Charles Village. She was part of the missionary program there, doing outreach in the community. Police went to the church to look for the baby. A white bag containing the baby's dead body was found in a Dumpster out back.

According to charging documents, Blevins told police that she had concealed her pregnancy and had not sought prenatal care. Between 2 and 3 a.m. on Oct. 4 she went to the bathroom inside the church and gave birth. She allegedly told police that she didn't think the baby was alive because he wasn't crying, so she put him in a plastic trash bag and threw him away.

The Medical Examiner's Office did an autopsy on Dec. 5. According to those findings the baby was full term and was born alive. Evidence suggests that he may have been submerged in water before being put in the plastic bag. There were also signs of pressure to his neck. His death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation. Blevins and her attorney went to police headquarters on Dec. 16 where she turned herself in on child-abuse and murder charges.

So far this year 27 minors have been murdered--six of them were under the age of 7.

Monday, Dec. 15

12:55 p.m. Warren Davis, a 41-year-old African-American man, was in the 5400 block of Fairlawn Avenue in the Woodmere neighborhood visiting his girlfriend. As he was leaving, he was shot in the right leg. He was dead when police arrived.

7:36 p.m. Oril Jackson Jr., a 21-year-old African-American man, was found lying at the intersection of East Chase Street and Lakewood Avenue in East Baltimore. He had been shot and died at an area hospital an hour later.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

7:23 a.m. Police discovered Gary Mann, a 24-year-old African-American man, lying on the sidewalk in the 5100 block of Palmer Avenue near Pimlico Race Course. He had been shot repeatedly and died at a local hospital half an hour later. This is the eighth murder in Central Park Heights this year.

Friday, Dec. 19

12:58 a.m. Thaddeus McCauley Jr., a 20-year-old African-American man, was found lying in the middle of the street in the 1400 block of Homestead Street just a few blocks from the Stadium Place YMCA. He had been shot in the side and buttocks and died at an area hospital at 1:26 a.m.

McCauley is the eighth person murdered in Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello. The neighborhood is tied with Central Park Heights as the third most murderous neighborhood in the city. Belair-Edison is second, with nine homicides; Broadway East is first, with 11.

McCauley is also one of 131 African-American males under the age of 30 murdered this year. That demographic makes up 57 percent of all homicides victims in the city so far this year.

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