Murder Ink 12/03/14

City Paper

A 4-month-old boy’s father was arrested for beating him to death last month. Police disclosed the incident on Nov. 25, several days after a medical examiner determined the cause of death. Three other murders this week mean Baltimore’s homicide count is still below last year’s as we head into December.

Thursday, Nov. 20

12:50 p.m. Christopher Banner Jr., a 4-month-old African-American baby boy, died in a hospital from injuries received two days earlier, allegedly from his father, Christopher Sr. On Nov. 18 at 6:18 p.m. police were called to a house on the 1600 block of East 28th Street for a report of an infant not breathing. Responding officers gave the boy CPR and got him breathing again before sending him to a hospital, where he died two days later. Autopsy showed that Banner Jr. died from blunt force trauma. Police arrested Christopher Banner Sr. on Nov. 20. He is charged with child abuse—first-degree severe physical injury, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, child abuse second degree, and second-degree assault.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

10:08 p.m. Aubrey Heckstall, a 26-year-old African-American man, was on the 1200 block of Darley Avenue when someone shot him multiple times. Medics took him to a hospital, where he died soon after. Heckstall resided four miles away on the 6000 block of Chinquapin Parkway, according to police.

Sunday, Nov. 30

5:34 a.m. Peggy Harris, a 71-year-old African-American woman, was stabbed multiple times in a house on the 6500 block of Cross Country Boulevard. She died there. Police, who had been called for a “family disturbance,” took a person into custody but at press time had not identified or charged them.

Monday, Dec. 1

10:44 a.m. Police found a man who was shot numerous times on the 3900 block of Penhurst Avenue. The man, who police had not identified publicly at press time, was taken to a hospital where he died.

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