Friday, April 18, 2014

Dad convicted in death of 6-week-old son (Baltimore, Maryland)

Dad is identified as DION WARE.

Father Convicted of Child Abuse Resulting in Death of 6-Week-Old Son

Updated: Thursday, April 17 2014, 06:05 PM EDT

A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury has convicted Dion Ware, 21, of child abuse resulting in the death of his six-week-old son in 2012. The jury could not reach a consensus on the charge of second-degree murder.

Ware faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Police responded to the 300 block E. 22nd Street in the Barclay neighborhood for a call for service in reference to a child not breathing on November 26, 2012. Ware told responding officers that he had given his son a bottle of formula and put him down for an afternoon nap. Ware said he went back into the bedroom 20 minutes later, noticed his son was having breathing problems, and began to administer CPR. Ware claimed he realized he was pushing too hard during CPR and ran outside to call for help.

The child's mother had returned home from running errands shortly before the incident and was washing dishes in the kitchen at the time. She did not know anything was wrong until the police and paramedics arrived at her house, the Office of the State's Attorney said.

Responders rushed the child to Johns Hopkins Hospital's Children's Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead. According to the Office of the State's Attorney doctors found severe bruising to the right side of the child's face and chest, as well as multiple fractured ribs. Based on the injuries the death was ruled a homicide.

Ware later admitted to hitting his son when he would not stop crying. He is scheduled for sentencing on June 10, 2014.