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Hazel Wilson, standing second from left, raises her arms to announce the moment to release balloons in memory of her granddaughter, Brailynn Ford, a 5-month-old who died Sunday. Family members, friends and Sandtown neighbors gathered at Mosher Street and Arlingon Avenue.
Hazel Wilson, standing second from left, raises her arms to announce the moment to release balloons in memory of her granddaughter, Brailynn Ford, a 5-month-old who died Sunday. Family members, friends and Sandtown neighbors gathered at Mosher Street and Arlingon Avenue. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

A 21-year-old man has been charged with the death of his 5-month-old daughter, according to Baltimore police.

Anthony Ford was charged with second-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death, first- and second-degree child abuse, and first- and second-degree assault in the death of his daughter, Brailynn Ford.

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Friends and family of the baby gathered in the rain outside her home in Sandtown-Winchester on Thursday night. Many wore purple clothes and held helium-filled purple balloons to release into the night sky after a prayer. The color was in honor of domestic violence, said her grandmother, Hazel Wilson.

“This is just the beginning of a very rough road,” Wilson said, wearing a purple T-shirt with the face of her smiling granddaughter on it. “Forever my Tinka,” was written on it, referring to the child’s nickname.

Brailynn Ford died Sunday after she was taken to a hospital Oct. 4 with traumatic injuries, according to police. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Brailynn Ford, a 5-month-old girl, died Sunday after she was taken to a hospital Oct. 4 with traumatic injuries.
Brailynn Ford, a 5-month-old girl, died Sunday after she was taken to a hospital Oct. 4 with traumatic injuries. (Courtesy of Hazel Wilson)

Wilson said she was still wrestling with the idea that Anthony Ford had killed her granddaughter, though she had seen the evidence offered by police.

“This guy has been a part of our family for five months. We were in close quarters with him for five months,” Wilson told reporters. “I’m having a hard time accepting it. ... It’s not something that you can understand unless you’ve been through this.”

Two lives had now been ruined, she said, and two families ripped apart. “In my heart of hearts, I just don’t want to believe that he did it.”

Charges were not immediately available online, so no attorney information was available for Ford.

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