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Attorney for Baltimore tutor accused of hurting boy says incident was an accident

"At no point did my client have any intent to cause any harm to this child," attorney for tutor says.

The attorney for a tutor at City Springs Elementary School accused of seriously injuring a 7-year-old child this week said Thursday the tutor recovered a gun replica or gun from the child and that the incident was an accident.

Timothy Randall Korr, the tutor, faces first- and second-degree child abuse, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and neglect charges and was fired by the Baltimore Curriculum Project, the school's charter operator. Police said Korr slammed the boy against a wall on Monday, causing a serious head injury. The boy was being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The incident was captured on video.

Kurt Nachtman, Korr's attorney, said Thursday that Korr was told by a few students that the boy had a gun, and felt what appeared to be one through his cargo pants when he patted him down. Korr began walking the boy to the office, and the boy was hitting and scratching Korr and was generally not compliant, Nachtman said.

On the way to the office, Korr lost his balance, leading to the boy's injury, Nachtman said. What appeared to be a gun replica was recovered from the boy after Korr brought him to the school's nurse for treatment, Nachtman said.

The gun or gun replica was not mentioned in a police report on the incident. School system and police officials said they could not confirm if a gun or gun replica was found.

Nachtman said the gun or gun replica was secured in the nurse's office, and that was the last Korr saw of it.

"At no point did my client have any intent to cause any harm to this child," Nachtman said. He said he is seeking witnesses to the incident, which he said happened during the busy dismissal time.

Korr had a bail review hearing Thursday and was held in lieu of $250,000 bond; he had not posted it as of Thursday evening, according to court records.

cwells@baltsun.com

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