By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
6:39 PM EDT, June 5, 2013
A 47-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in the near drowning of his 3-month-old son in a bathtub at the family's Mondawmin Avenue home last week, according to Baltimore Police.
Augustus Parker, who has previously served time in prison for child abuse, allegedly admitted to police that he intentionally held his son, Montez Parker, under water in the tub until the "bubbles began to stop" and the boy appeared unconscious, according to a police report.
Parker told police that, after he pulled the boy out the bathtub, the boy partially slipped from his hands, then began vomiting, according to the report. Parker dried the boy off, clothed him and called the boy's mother, Sherese Bevans, to "tell her something was wrong."
The police report provides no motive for the May 29 incident but outlines an investigation in which Parker allegedly told police multiple lies — including details about how his son became injured — before telling the truth.
He did so only after being confronted by police with the facts, from medical staff at St. Agnes Hospital and Johns Hopkins Children's Center, that the boy had suffered swelling of the brain, due to a loss of oxygen, as well as a fractured rib and foot — injuries inconsistent with his earlier stories and inconsistent with an accident, the report said.
Parker was charged June 1 with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree child abuse, and first- and second-degree assault. He's being held without bond. No attorney was listed for him in court records Wednesday.
Bevans could not be reached for comment. The child remained in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center on Wednesday.
According to court records, Parker was convicted of child abuse in Prince George's County in 2003, stemming from an incident in December 2002.
He was sentenced to serve five years of a 20-year sentence, starting from his initial incarceration in 2002, plus an additional five years of probation.
Parker was not prosecuted on an initial charge of first-degree murder in the case.
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