Balto. Co. man gets 30-year term in beating death of baby boy

Brian M. Savage, convicted of killing his girlfriend's 15-month-old baby during what prosecutors said was a vicious beating, has been sentenced to the maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

Savage, who will turn 23 Wednesday, was watching his girlfriend's toddler Nov. 1, 2009, when the assault occurred. The child was later pronounced dead of what doctors called "severe internal injuries and heavy bruising from blunt-force trauma."

In December, a Baltimore County jury found Savage guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

The boy's mother, Patience Peatan, was working in a convenience store when, according to prosecutors, Savage beat Cameron Justin Williams so severely in the apartment they shared that several of the toddler's internal organs — including his lungs, liver and spleen — were fatally damaged. An autopsy also determined that the boy suffered bruises and cuts on his head and body.

Savage was arrested while being interviewed by police after the child had been rushed to a hospital.

Although police said that Savage was living at the time with the boy and his mother in Essex, Savage gave his address as the 3800 block of Kilburn Road in Randallstown.

He was sentenced Friday by Baltimore County Circuit Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts.

nick.madigan@baltsun.com

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