City police are investigating the recent murders of two men in their 60s, both in West Baltimore.
In the first case, police say 61-year-old Sterling A. Parker and his wife had agreed to babysit two small children, but after watching the children for a few weeks, the Parkers were unable to reach the parents. They eventually called child protective services, which took custody of the children.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Parker was assaulted by an unidentified man on Aug. 4 in the 1900 block of Walbrook Ave. after a dispute about the children, and he died from his injuries on Aug. 20.
Detectives are seeking a "person of interest," Guglielmi said.
On Wednesday, police were advised of a suspicious death in the 1700 block of N. Carey St. Medics and police made forced entry through the second floor of the home and inside noticed a small amount of blood at a closed door leading to the basement.
They found 65-year-old Charles Canty lying on the steps to the basement. He had not been seen since Aug. 18, according to neighbors, and the home appeared to have been ransacked. An autopsy was being conducted to determine the cause and manner.
As of Thursday morning, 136 people have been killed this year in Baltimore, which is the same as this time last year.
Nine of this year's victims were age 60 or older, records show.