Baltimore’s fourth Ceasefire weekend ended Sunday with no fatal shootings or stabbings, but police announced Monday that a mother had been charged with child abuse and neglect in the death of her 2-month-old son.
Ceasefire, a series of community events that operates with the slogan “Nobody kill anybody,” began Friday and ended Sunday.
On Monday, police announced that 35-year-old Tiffany Nutter of the unit block of Skipjack Court was arrested Saturday after her son, Jawuan Pinkeny, died late Friday night at an area hospital. The Medical Examiner's Office ruled that the cause of death was blunt force trauma. Nutter could not be reached and did not have an attorney listed in court records.
Organizers had planned more than 45 events throughout the weekend dedicated to celebrating life in Baltimore, including blood drives, rallies, movie nights and food collections. On Saturday, volunteers planted “guerrilla gardens” in memory of shooting victims.
Erricka Bridgeford, one of Ceasefire’s organizers, said she was pleased to see so many people getting involved in “life-affirming” events.
“So many people got involved and made sure they had an event that was celebrating life,” she said.
Baltimore Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith said he sees the Ceasefire events gaining more traction since they were launched last year.
“I go around the city and see different businesses throughout the city that I didn’t see in the past with the Ceasefire placards in their windows,” Smith said. “We talk so much about people needing to do something, and people being involved in these events is doing something.”
He said the infant’s death this weekend was unfortunate, but noted it wasn’t the type of routine gun violence the Baltimore Ceasefire events are focused on quelling.
Overall, he said, he sees the Ceasefire weekends building momentum toward reducing violence in the city.
“Each time we have these Ceasefires it brings a level of motivation to the city,” Smith said. “As we continue to talk about it we just continue to get more and more motivated.”
The next Baltimore Ceasefire, which will mark the anniversary of the first event of its kind, is scheduled for the first weekend in August, Bridgeford said.