A 7-month-old’s death is being investigated as a homicide after a medical examiner’s office ruled she died from blunt force trauma, Baltimore Police said Friday.
Police said Harlem Phillips was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital on Sunday around 10 p.m., unconscious and unresponsive after reportedly falling off a sofa in the 2400 block of Louise Ave., police said. Detectives were called to the hospital, and doctors told them the baby girl’s injuries were “consistent with that of babies who had been shaken," police said.
Three days after arriving in the pediatric hospital unit, the baby died around 8:30 a.m. Christmas morning. The medical examiner ruled that the baby died from blunt force trauma.
Through a relative, the baby’s family declined to comment, saying they needed time to grieve.
Police have not made any arrests in the case but are asking anyone with information to call 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.
Police said they are also investigating two separate fatal shootings from Thursday night, bringing the 2019 homicide count to 342, tying the highest number of killings per year. In a city that averages almost a killing a day, paired with its rapid population decline, Baltimore has set a record for killings per capita this year. The city saw its highest number of homicides was 1993, when 353 people were killed and the city had more than 100,000 more residents.
Southern District officers were called to the Carrollton Ridge neighborhood for a shooting around 10:15 p.m. Thursday. When police arrived in the 1800 block of W. Pratt St., they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds to his body. Police said the man later died.
About an hour later, officers in the Northeast were called to the 4200 block of Furley Ave. for a shooting. When officers arrived in the Waltherson neighborhood, they found a man with gunshot wounds inside a car, police said. Police said the man was taken to an area hospital where he later died.
Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information to call 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.
A previous version of this article said that 2019 was tied for the deadliest year since 2015. There were also 342 killings in 2017.