Baltimore man, 20, charged with killing 7-week-old son

A 20-year-old man has been charged in the death of his infant son, police confirmed Wednesday.

Police have accused Dion Ware of lying about the circumstances surrounding the death Monday of Kearri Dion Ware, who was born in October. Ware, of the 300 block of E. 22nd St., first told detectives that the boy was asleep and making strange noises, and that he realized he was not breathing and performed CPR before calling 911, according to charging documents.

A doctor at Johns Hopkins Children's Center told detectives, however, that there were signs of bruising on the boy, as well as fractured ribs, the records show.

Detectives re-interviewed Ware after advising him of his rights, and this time he told them that he had fed Kearri and was putting him back into a playpen when he dropped the boy on the hardwood floor. He said he later learned that Kearri was not breathing and tried to render aid, running outside and asking a passerby if he could use their cell phone to call 911, according to charging documents.

But police say even that account doesn't match up with the boy's injuries.

"These injuries are not consistent with injuries sustained by just being dropped on the floor," wrote Det. Chris Kazmarek in charging documents. An autopsy found evidence of existing injuries as well, Kazmarek wrote.

The boy's mother, who Ware said was not home at the time, told police that she did not know what was happening until medics and police arrived at the home, records show.

Ware has been charged with second-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, and related charges. He was initially held without bond, but a judge set his bail at $5 million at a bail review hearing Wednesday morning.

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