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Infant with severe head injury dies father held on abuse, assault charges


The death Friday of a 2-month-old infant brought to Johns Hopkins Hospital with a severe head injury was ruled a homicide yesterday by the state medical examiner's office, while her father remained in jail -- held on assault and child abuse charges in the case, authorities said.

Police said the victim, Ciera Jenkins, was brought to Hopkins by her father Nov. 29 with the head injury.

Doctors treating the girl found other injuries.

The father, William Jenkins Jr., 25, of the 2700 block of Dulany St., has been in custody since then -- charged with abuse after questioning by child protective services workers and police.

Jenkins was being held yesterday at the city's Central Booking and Intake Center, according to Detective Clifton Macer of the city police homicide unit.

The baby's mother was in police custody in an unrelated case DTC when the child was injured, according to family members and the police.

"This is pretty terrible," said Elizabeth Jenkins, 62, the infant's grandmother, who said she has been caring for Ciera's 1-year-old brother, Williams Jenkins III, for three weeks at her Arbutus home.

Pub Date: 12/06/98

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