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City's first homicide in 2013 is a 7-month-old boy

By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

10:56 AM EST, January 7, 2013

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A seven-month-old boy died after being hospitalized Dec. 31 with rib fractures and other injuries, making the infant Baltimore’s first homicide victim of 2013.

On Monday night, homicide detectives charged the child’s father, 29-year-old Francois Browne, with first-degree murder, police said.

Child protective services had contacted police on New Year's Eve, saying the child, Kendell Browne, was in the University of Maryland's pediatric center with multiple injuries and was unlikely to survive.

The child lived in the 3900 block of Penhurst Ave., but police said the injuries occurred at his grandmother's house in the 5600 block of Sagra Road in Northeast Baltimore's Woodbourne Heights neighborhood.

Additional details were not available.

Since last week, friends and relatives have been posting messages of condolences on a Facebook page for Browne, which featured a prominent picture of an infant child. Browne’s prior record consists of theft and assault convictions, though none since 2006, court records show.

Last year, the city recorded 11 juvenile homicides, of which infant deaths (there were six) outnumbered shooting deaths (five) for the first time.

Through the first six days of the year, the infant was the only homicide victim in Baltimore.

That's the fewest killed during the same time period in at least the past eight years, with the city seeing four homicides in the first six days of 2012 and 2011, 10 in the first six days of 2009, and two in the first six days of 2010 and 2008.

jfenton@baltsun.com