3 Year Old Child Dies Of Injuries, Coroner Rules It Homicide
On August 7, 2009, at approximately 3:00 p.m., officers from the Western District responded to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Unit for a child abuse complaint.
Upon arrival, officers learned that the three-year-old male victim, Charles Michael Brandley, was admitted to the hospital for a reported fall down a set of stairs at a residence located in the 8200 block of Tomlinson Court in Severn. Brandley was initially transported to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center for treatment, but was flown by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in critical condition. Medical personnel believed that Brandley’s injuries were not consistent with a fall down a set of stairs and contacted the police department. Detectives interviewed a 28-year-old male, who indicated that he was caring for Brandley at the time of the incident and he is being looked at as a possible suspect.
Brandley died from his injuries on the morning of August 12, 2009. On August 14, 2009, the doctors from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Brandley and ruled his death a homicide. Detectives from the police department’s Homicide Unit are continuing this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Steve Luersen at 410-222-3453.