Bail denied for Edgewood couple accused of killing 3-month-old

Bail denied for Edgewood couple accused of killing 3-month-old
Keith Griffin, left, and Aja Terry are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Terry's 3-month-old son. Both were denied bail at a hearing in Harford County District Court Wednesday. (Harford County Sheriff's Office / Baltimore Sun)

An Edgewood man and woman accused of murder in the death of the woman's 3-month-old baby were ordered held without bail by a Harford County District Court judge Wednesday.

The baby's mother, Aja Terry, 26, and her boyfriend, Keith Griffin, 26, are charged with first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse leading to death in connection with the Dec. 16 death of Aaman Perez.


The two suspects appeared separately for their bail reviews before District Judge David Carey via a closed circuit hookup between the courtroom and the Harford County Detention Center where the couple is being held.

Terry has lived in the 1800 block of Eloise Lane in Edgewood for three months, Deputy District Public Defender John Janowich said at the bail review. She has a degree in nursing and works at MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle, Del., he said.

Aaman was found unresponsive in the Eloise Lane home after Griffin, who is Terry's boyfriend, called 911 to say the baby was choking, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The baby died shortly afterward at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The Sheriff's Office said his injuries included "extensive... fractures and injury to the skull." His death was ruled a homicide by the Office of the State Medical Examiner.

Griffin is blaming Terry for the death, Asst. State's Attorney Lisa Marts told Carey. The child's twin brother "has numerous fractures to his body in all stages of healing," Marts said. That baby, as well as a 5-year-old child, were both taken by Child Protective Services.

Terry, who was extradited from Delaware where she was arrested early Sunday morning, had no intention of fleeing and was in Delaware at her mother's house "making funeral arrangements for the deceased newborn," Janowich said.

Terry's parents were in the courtroom for the bail review.

Griffin, who was not taken into custody until Tuesday, when he was found in Elkton, was turned in by the landlord of his Eloise Lane home, Marts told Carey.

Griffin had a bus ticket to Florida and also has a conviction for second-degree escape, Marts and Carey said.

Carey called the charges "very serious allegations," saying that Griffin made "some pretty incriminating statements about himself."

The judge also noted "the child was born prematurely."

"The defendant is a nurse and did not only not get the proper care but did not protect the child," he said.