Father of 5-month-old girl is charged in her fatal abuse


For the second time in three days, a young child was brutally beaten.

This time the abuse proved fatal.

Five-month-old April Brown died at 12:06 p.m. at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She had suffered severe blows to the head and had spent much of the morning on a life-support system.

Her father, 24-year-old Michael David Brown, was charged with physical child abuse, assault and battery, and reckless endangerment. He might be charged with first-degree murder -- pending the outcome of the autopsy, which will conducted today.

The child's mother, Jacqueline Long, was not charged.

About 7 p.m. Thursday while riding an MTA bus, Ms. Long noticed that her daughter looked "lethargic and had stopped breathing," said Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman. Ms. Long and Mr. Brown got off the bus at the Mount Clare Junction Shopping Center and alerted mall security officers, who attempted to revive the child.

The alleged abuse occurred earlier that afternoon at the Belair Road home of Ms. Long's mother, police said.

During the investigation, police determined that Mr. Brown had acted alone.

Four days ago, police discovered that a Southwest Baltimore girl, 2-year-old Serrena Coates, allegedly had been beaten and burned by her mother's boyfriend, 18-year-old James "Corey" McArthur. The girl has been upgraded from fair to good condition at the Johns Hopkins Children Center.

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