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Balloon launch honors memory of 5-month-old Baltimore girl; father charged, police say

Balloon launch honors memory of 5-month-old Baltimore girl; father charged, police say

A 21-year-old man has been charged with the death of his 5-month-old daughter, according to Baltimore police.

Anthony Ford was charged with second-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, first- and second-degree child abuse, and first- and second-degree assault in the death of his daughter, Brailynn Ford.

Friends and family of the baby gathered in the rain outside her home in Sandtown-Winchester on Thursday night. Many wore purple clothes and held helium-filled purple balloons to release into the night sky after a prayer. The color was in honor of domestic violence, said her grandmother, Hazel Wilson.

“This is just the beginning of a very rough road,” Wilson said,...

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