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Baltimore woman, 67, attacked by grandson with hammer dies

Baltimore woman, 67, attacked by grandson with hammer dies
(Baltimore Police Department)

An elderly woman who was severely injured by her 14-year-old grandson in an attack with a hammer in March has died from her injuries, police said Thursday.

Shirley Garrett, 67, died over the weekend at Union Memorial Hospital, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. She was repeatedly struck in the head with a hammer on March 31 by her grandson Hassanhii Garrett, who told police that he had become angry at her while getting ready for school.

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He called 911, and police responding to the home in the 800 block of E. 34th St. found her face-down on the floor in a pool of blood. 

The boy, who had no previous contacts with the juvenile justice system, was charged as an adult with attempted murder, but the case was remanded to juvenile court in August. Because juvenile records are sealed, the outcome of the case was not clear.

In an interview with detectives at the Juvenile Justice Center in March, the boy told police that he was eating breakfast when he became angry over the way his grandmother had been treating him, records show. He said he retrieved a hammer and struck her in the head while she was sleeping.

He said she tried to get away after being hit twice, then fell face-first into a mirror in the bedroom and onto the floor, according to records. He said he then hit her with a closed fist four times.

He called 911 "one to three minutes" later, records show.

Meanwhile, police removed a killing from the city's homicide tally, with prosecutors determining that the Dec. 7 fatal stabbing of Christopher Gilliam in the 3500 block of Woodland Ave. was justified. Police said at the time that the incident was domestic and a woman was in custody, and Guglielmi said investigators determined the killing was in self-defense and therefore justified.

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