Dorian J. Wise Jr. gave police several versions of how Myesha Shakia Wilson, 7 months, "accidentally" received fatal head injuries, before admitting that he had thrown her against a wall "with force," a homicide detective testified yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
Mr. Wise, 20, was baby-sitting when the incident occurred May 26, according to testimony elicited by prosecutor Scott Shellenberger. L'tosha N. Wilson, the child's mother and Mr. Wise's girlfriend, lives in the first block of Solar Circle, Hillendale, where the incident occurred.
Mr. Wise is being tried on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse. Jennifer Aist, his public defender, said that he will probably testify when the jury trial resumes today before Judge Christian M. Kahl.
According to Detective Douglas Dodrill, Mr. Wise, who gave police written and oral statements, initially said that as he carried Myesha upstairs, he slipped on baby lotion and they both fell. He also said he tried to revive the child with a shower and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
When the child did not wake up, Mr. Wise told police, he put Myesha into a stroller and went to a nearby shopping center to call Ms. Wilson at her job, the detective said. When he could not contact Ms. Wilson, he returned home to wait for her. By the time Ms. Wilson returned, the baby was in cardiac arrest. Ms. Wilson called 911. The child died at St. Joseph Hospital.
Police questioned Mr. Wise again after the medical examiner's autopsy showed that Myesha died of massive head injuries, Detective Dodrill testified.
Police told Mr. Wise they didn't believe his different stories, which included that he had slipped while putting Myesha into the bathtub, that he had dropped her while playing with her and that she had struck her head as he slid her along a kitchen counter.
Finally, the detective said, Mr. Wise said he had thrown Myesha against a wall because he was frustrated that he could not revive her after falling with her and feared that she was already dead.
"I threw her because she left me and I didn't want her to," Detective Dodrill quoted the defendant as saying.