05-14-2010, 12:25 PM #1Inactive
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MD - 18 mth old Baby Contracts Gonorrhea
Man sought in child sex case twice convicted of felonies
Court records show he violated probation 3 times but was spared more jail time
6:52 p.m. EDT, May 13, 2010
A man Baltimore police want to question as part of an investigation into how an 18-month-old girl contracted gonorrhea has twice in the past three years been convicted of felonies, including manslaughter, and has violated his probation three times.
Yet court records show that each time he violated the terms of his release, judges declined to impose additional prison time.
The revelations have sparked outrage from city police, who, along with the governor's office, have pressed judges to send convicted felons back to prison when they renege on the rules governing their early release.
The 21-year-old being sought in the child abuse case could have been returned to prison for several years — equaling the time he had left on a suspended 10-year sentence for his 2007 manslaughter conviction — on any one of the three probation violations.
But two Circuit Court judges in 2007, 2008 and 2009 simply re-imposed and re-suspended the original sentence, in effect continuing the probation even after the man pleaded guilty to selling heroin on a city street in March 2009.
The Baltimore Police Department's chief spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, said the criminal justice system "missed the mark, as far as the people of Baltimore and of Maryland are concerned."
05-14-2010, 12:26 PM #2Inactive
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Child gonorrhea case and the repeat offender wanted for questioning
MAY 14, 2010
It's a horrific case and a mystery all rolled into one.
How did an 18-month-old girl contract the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea over the weekend? Was it from a 21-year-old neighbor who might have been alone with the child in her house? Or from someplace else?
The story has lots of angles to it. The parents who brought the sick baby to Harbor Hospital are angry that police haven't yet arrested and charged the man they named as a chief suspect. Police are working carefully (it took until Tuesday for tests to confirm the infant had the disease, and now they want to question the man to see if his story adds up). He's not yet been named a suspect. And detectives are not even sure yet how the girl got gonorrhea in the first place.
But there's another question here. The man being sought has twice in the past three years been convicted of serious crimes -- manslaughter, for which he got 10 year suspended prison sentence -- and dealing drugs -- for which he got a five year prison sentence.
He violated the terms of his probation three times yet each time two different judges balked at more prison time and continued his probation, leaving him free. And the man -- who we're not naming because he not yet been charged in the sex crime -- was parolled after serving just over two years in the drug case.
05-14-2010, 12:34 PM #3Inactive
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May 13, 2010 6:27 am US/Eastern
Parents Of Toddler With STD Speak Out
"I went to run an errand and I expected when I came back that my children would not be physically, sexually, mentally or spiritually abused in any way, so I don't want nobody to misconstrue that I'm just a young mother and left my child with anybody," she said.
"And I'm not going to stand back and make anybody think that my baby is going to be anybody's statistic in this world. I want him locked up. I want him convicted," she said.
Article plus video interview with parents:
05-14-2010, 12:54 PM #4
sigh. We just keep on failing to protect our innocents. We fail and we fail and we fail. What is it gonna take for this to end?
05-14-2010, 12:59 PM #5
I don't like how the parents are immediately deflecting any responsibility away from themselves
Most people would feel a sense of responsibility themselves and be saying things like "I should never have left" etc.
So let's see ... did the parents know this person was a convicted felon? they should have - as parents it is their obligation & duty to know the background of who they leave their child with, so did they knowingly leave their child with a convicted felon?
Or, since the article calls the felon an acquaintance, that leads me to believe the parents did not in fact know the felon very well at all, which they should have before leaving their child with him to go do errands.
Everyone failed this child but let's not as parents deflect our own accountability onto courts and the system. That's very telling to me.
05-14-2010, 01:00 PM #6
05-14-2010, 03:12 PM #7
Hey when I go out to run an errand I don't expect to come home and find my elderly mother physically, spiritually, mentally or sexually abused.
Now it's another story if I left her with a freakin convicted felon. That manslaughter charge he had strapped on him might have given me a second thought.
There for the grace of God go I, but you say this is a family friend. I have family friends and I know who has been locked up and who hasn't. Perhaps these parents didn't know. They had no idea their kids were left with a convicted felon.
They live in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and this happened in B-More?
Prayers for the little doll baby. Now if they can catch the felon.
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