Police investigating the strangulation death of 8-year-old Marvin Wise in a city public housing high-rise were trying to learn yesterday if a convicted child molester charged in the killing was on parole at the time.
The suspect, Shawn Brown, 27, who was being held without bail yesterday, served nine years at a New York state prison for attempted murder and child molestation and was released in June, police said.
Police said they had not confirmed if he was on parole or had served his full sentence before he arrived several weeks ago in Baltimore, where he was staying with relatives in a 10th-floor apartment at the Flag House Courts high-rise on South Exeter Street.
Marvin was killed after leaving his mother's 11th-floor unit to visit a girl in the apartment where Mr. Brown was staying, police said. His body was found early Sunday in a vacant 12th-floor unit by a Wells Fargo security guard on patrol in the building.