Columbia man charged in death of his stepson, 2

A Columbia man accused of killing his 2-year-old stepson said he did not place his hands on the child "at any time," according to Howard County police charging documents.

Marcus Dannon Owens, 32, of the 5200 block of Brook Way in Wilde Lake has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and other crimes in the death of Kevonte Davis on Wednesday. Owens' bail review hearing was postponed yesterday because he did not have a lawyer. He has been held in the Howard County Detention Center since Friday.


Owens dropped his wife off at work Wednesday morning and then returned home, where he fed lunch to the couple's three young children, according to the charging documents. One of the children is Owens' biological child and the other two are from his wife's previous marriage, the documents show.

Owens and the children took a nap and when he woke them shortly before 4:30 p.m., he thought Kevonte was "lethargic," the documents state. He put all three children in the car and went to pick up his wife, according to the documents.


After getting his wife, Owens became concerned about Kevonte and took him to Howard County General Hospital, the documents say. Kevonte was unresponsive when he arrived at the hospital, police said. He was pronounced dead at 6 p.m., and doctors reported suspicious circumstances to police.

An autopsy found that Kevonte died of blunt-force injury, according to the documents. A doctor stated that the boy could not have survived more than four hours after sustaining the injuries, police said.

Owens, who said yesterday that he sometimes lives with his parents in the 14800 block of Belle Ami Drive in Laurel, told police he didn't hurt the boy. His parents and wife could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Sun staff writer Lisa Goldberg contributed to this article.