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Boy Beaten Over Slice of Birthday Cake Has Died

Police say 9-year-old Jack Garcia was handcuffed and fatally punched

(Newser) - Police say a 9-year-old Maryland boy has died after he was allegedly handcuffed and beaten for eating a piece of birthday cake without permission. Hagerstown police Capt. Paul Kifer says Jack Garcia died yesterday at Children's National Medical Center in Washington. Kifer says police will confer this afternoon with... More »

Cops: Mom Put Infant on Roadside, Drove Away

Sandra McClary, 26, charged with child neglect, endangerment

(Newser) - Police have charged a Maryland mother with child neglect and reckless endangerment after she allegedly left her infant on the side of a Pasadena road, then drove away. A bishop found what police now say is a 6-week-old in a car seat carrier with a diaper bag nearby shortly before... More »

Cops: Toddler Was Alive at Start of 44 Hours on Swing

3-year-old's death ruled a homicide

(Newser) - A disturbing development in a case that was horrifying to start with: Police in Maryland say the 3-year-old boy found dead in a park swing as his mother pushed him was alive when she put him in the swing—but that had been almost two days earlier. The Charles County... More »

Maryland Governor Has 'Very Advanced' Cancer

Larry Hogan says he will continue to serve in his office

(Newser) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has "very advanced" and "very aggressive" cancer of the lymph nodes, but he says he will continue to work as the state's chief elected official. Hogan says the cancer is B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and that it may be Stage 4,... More »

Woman With Super-Rare TB Traveled to 3 States

Officials trying to find 'hundreds of people' who may have been in contact with her

(Newser) - CDC officials say a woman with an extremely rare form of tuberculosis came to the US from India and traveled to three different states before being diagnosed with an active case of the disease. Now she's isolated at a National Institutes for Health clinic in Maryland, and authorities are... More »

Senior Prank Involving 72K Ladybugs Ends Poorly

This poorly: criminal charges are involved

(Newser) - A new entry in the senior-prank-gone-awry category : A number of Maryland high school students found themselves on the wrong side of the law after allegedly breaking into their high school at 3:40am Wednesday and dispersing 72,000 ladybugs. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has identified seven... More »

Woman Found Pushing Her Dead Boy on Swing

Sheriff's deputies make grim discovery at Maryland park

(Newser) - In a tragic and bizarre case, authorities yesterday found a woman pushing her dead son in a park's swing, the AP reports. She may have been at the Maryland park for hours or even overnight, they say. The story began with a call to sheriff's deputies regarding the... More »

Dread Parallel Parking? Move to Maryland

State axed the skill from its driving test this week

(Newser) - That most palm-sweating moment of a 16-year-old's life—when it comes time to parallel park during one's driving test—isn't something Maryland teens need to, well, sweat anymore. As of yesterday, the road test no longer includes parallel parking, potentially swelling the number of drivers in the... More »

'Serial' Podcast Subject Scores Court Victory

Alibi witness will finally get to testify

(Newser) - Adnan Syed, the Maryland man whose murder conviction is the subject of the hit podcast Serial, has scored a major court victory in his quest for a retrial. The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that a lower court should hear testimony from Asia McClain, a witness who says she... More »

Baltimore City Worker Spent Half His Time Watching Porn

Ogled DVD for 39 hours over 2 weeks; also, he was fired

(Newser) - Toiling for eight hours a day at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant certainly doesn't sound like a ton of fun. But if you're a City of Baltimore employee, it would probably behoove you not to a) bring a porn DVD in to pass the time, and b)... More »

'Free-Range Kids' Again Picked Up by Authorities

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv's kids were in a park near their home

(Newser) - It's not the first time Rafi and Dvora Meitiv have been picked up by authorities. This time, the Maryland kids, ages 10 and 6, were found at a park around 5pm yesterday; officials took them in after a bystander reported they were on their own. The park was about... More »

Cops: Woman Left Disabled Son in Woods, Saw Lover

Adult son is found dehydrated with a Bible and wheelchair

(Newser) - A woman left her quadriplegic son, who has cerebral palsy, in the woods for several days and went to visit her boyfriend in Maryland, police said yesterday. The 21-year-old son was found lying in the leaves covered with a blanket next to a wheelchair and a Bible near Cobbs Creek... More »

Utility: Dad Who Died With 7 Kids Had Stolen Meter

He wasn't cut off for not paying bills, power company says

(Newser) - The utility that cut off power to a Maryland home days before Rodney Todd and his seven children were found dead says it didn't cut him off for not paying bills—because it never sent him any. Delmarva Power says it shut off power to the rented home in... More »

Wrong Exit May Have Led to Deadly NSA Encounter

Reportedly stolen car and cross-dressing men add to the mystery

(Newser) - More pieces of the puzzle are coming together as to why two men reportedly dressed as women rammed an NSA gate yesterday morning, resulting in gunfire and the death of one of the suspects. Police are now speculating that the driver of the stolen Ford Escape may have made a... More »

Let's Build $8M Fake White House: Secret Service

Agency wants mansion facsimile to serve as training grounds for recruits

(Newser) - Stung by breach after breach after breach after gaffe at the White House, the Secret Service is asking Congress for $8 million—so it can build another White House. New Director Joseph Clancy will today ask the House Appropriations Committee for $8 million to construct a detailed replica of the... More »

Inmate Found Dead in Steam-Filled Cell

Maryland death a mystery but not murder, officials say

(Newser) - Investigators are pretty sure that an inmate found dead in a steam-filled cell wasn't murdered, but they can't explain just what happened to Louis Leysath. The 35-year-old was found in his cell at Maryland's Jessup Correctional Institution on Friday, and a prison spokesman says the death was... More »

Police Theory Emerges in 40-Year-Old Case of Missing Girls

Sex offender says he was with Lyon sisters the day they went missing: affidavits

(Newser) - Some four decades after two girls went missing in Montgomery County, Maryland, no one has been charged in the case. But in newly unsealed affidavits, police outline a theory of what might have happened to the Lyon sisters , the Washington Post reports. Sheila, 12, and Katherine, 10, disappeared after a... More »

Inside, a Basketball Game; Outside, a Shooting

2 teens shot outside Frederick High School in Maryland

(Newser) - Two teens were shot outside a basketball game at Frederick High School in Maryland last night, and as of this morning police were still looking for the shooter or shooters, who are believed to have escaped on foot. "Gunshots going off around a gym packed with kids," is... More »

Cops: Teen Hit Deer Then Shot Good Samaritan

He was arrested hours into his 18th birthday

(Newser) - Police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened by the side of a road in Maryland's Pocomoke Forest on Friday night—but they know that suspect Kenny George White did not have a good 18th birthday. Police say that about an hour before White turned 18 at... More »

2-Month-Old Christmas Tree Blamed for Mansion Fire

Home engulfed in minutes when fire hit dried-out tree

(Newser) - The investigation into the huge blaze that killed a Maryland couple and their four grandchildren earlier this month has pinned the blame on a major fire hazard right in the middle of the mansion's "Great Room": A 2-month-old, 15-foot Christmas tree. Fire officials say an electrical failure ignited... More »

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