Murder Ink: 2 murders this week, 8 murders this year

Two more murders, including a two-year-old girl. One 10-year-old boy shot, one 15-year-old arrested for murder

Another relatively quiet week on the homicide front, though there were 10 nonfatal shooting reported, including one of a 10-year-old boy in a store on the 5300 block of Frankford Avenue. Police also announced that they had seized guns from four felons, and caught another boy they say participated in the stabbing death of Robert Ponsi on the night of Jan. 9. 

Sunday, Jan. 10 

3:15 p.m. Katrina Jennings, a 2-year-old African-American girl, was in her home on the 500 block of East North Avenue when, according to police, her father beat her to death. Police found her in a rear bedroom with her father, Michael Jennings, noting that the home was "unkempt and without electricity." Nurses at a hospital found the girl had scarring, bruises, and "multiple injuries to her head, scalp and neck," according to police. "Although Michael Jennings did admit to detectives that he grabbed the victim around her neck aggressively, her injuries were more excessive." Michael Jennings was charged with murder and held without bail.

Friday, Jan. 15

7:25 p.m. Manuel Hision, a 22-year-old African-American man, was on the 2500 block of Orleans Street in the McElderry Park neighborhood when someone shot him multiple times in the upper body. He died at a hospital soon after. 

Update

After serving a search warrant on his house on Jan. 11, police arrested Prince Greene, a 15-year-old African-American boy, in connection with the Jan. 9 stabbing death of Robert Ponsi. Greene is charged as an adult with first-degree murder. He was held at Central Booking. The Sun spoke to his mother, Thomascine Greene, who said she was stunned by her son’s arrest. Prince Greene was reportedly a standout on the City College debate team.

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