Pregnant woman's death ruled a homicide

An autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore has determined that a full-term pregnant woman who was found dead in her Rosedale home Friday was the victim of a homicide, Baltimore County police said.

Summer Shemida Smith, 33, was found in the first block of Travis Court about 7:45 p.m. by her mother, police said. She was declared dead at the scene, and the unborn baby also did not survive.

Smith's autopsy was conducted late Saturday afternoon, but investigators have not released the cause of death or the nature of her injuries. The results of the unborn child's autopsy have not been released.

Police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said Monday that detectives do not feel there is a danger to the community, but he could not provide further details about a potential suspect or suspects.

Smith's neighbor, Chitra Shrestha Jitendra Karki, said she would often speak to the mother and daughter when they were in their yard and she was in her garden. Smith and her mother lived together at the home for several years, she said. They had planted a tree in the backyard for the new baby.

"She was so happy," she said of Smith's mother, who was excited to have a grandchild. "This is a quiet area. What happened is terrible. I'm so sad. We were excited for a new baby in the community."

Barbara Wade, who lived across from the Smiths' home, said they were always friendly and would wave when she saw them coming and going.

"They were always pleasant. Never any issues. No fights," she said. "As long as we have been here, it has been quiet. It's a nice, quiet neighborhood," she said.

She said most of the neighbors are older and without children.

Attempts to reach Smith's mother were unsuccessful.

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