Maj. Stanley Brandford is back overseeing the Baltimore Police homicide unit

Baltimore Police Maj. Stanley Brandford, in this photo from March 2013, has been put back in charge of the homicide unit at least "temporarily," police say (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun / August 13, 2014)

Baltimore Police confirmed that the former head of the homicide unit is back in that role, at least temporarily. 

Maj. Stanley Brandford, who in April was named the commander of the Eastern District after about 16 months in charge of homicide investigations, is "temporarily" overseeing the unit again, a police department spokesman confirmed after receiving inquiries from The Sun.

It was not clear why a change was made. Maj. Dennis Smith had been overseeing both the homicide unit and district detective unit - an unusual arrangement - since Brandford was moved.

The change came while detectives were a few days into the investigation of the high-profile killing of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott; Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts vowed that there would be an arrest by the end of the week, but so far police have taken a "person of interest" into custody on an unrelated charge.

The spokesman said Captain Steve Ward is leading the Eastern District in Brandford's absence.