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So Much Sadness this Summer – Homicide Arrest Made in Death of 5 Week Old Baby in Petworth

by Prince Of Petworth August 18, 2015 at 9:45 am 26 Comments

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest in the homicide that occurred on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

On Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at approximately 3:43 pm, officers from the Fourth District along with members from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the 3700 block of 9th Street Northwest for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, they located a five week-old infant unconscious and unresponsive. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the infant to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Washington, DC determined the cause of death to be multiple blunt force injuries and the manner homicide.

On Monday, August 17, 2015, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 28-year-old Robert Smith Sr. of Northwest was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Murder connection with the death of five week-old Robert Smith Jr. of Northwest, Washington, DC.”

  • Anon

    9th St is a hub of criminal activity. Neighbors have been trying to get MPD to pay attention for years. Several “crew” members live with their grandparents in their houses. They then are running their criminal enterprises from the family home. Sad what happening to our neighborhoods.

    • Anonymous

      As somebody who lives on the block, that is patently false. I know almost all my neighbors. There used to be a loitering problem, but that mostly subsided after a problem neighbor moved away. And no, the neighbor had nothing to do with criminal activity, but rather let the kids drink on his porch when the cops came by to respond to noise complaints.

      • Local

        That block is mostly good people—like most blocks are. But let’s be honest: known young gang members live and/or hang out there. I’ve personally seen lookouts (kids, really) around 9th & Quincy signal the dealers when cops are around. Several officers have specifically mentioned the problems with a few very bad people on that block. Shattered car windows are common, yet the least of the problem there. I’m glad you know your neighbors, as being neighborly is both the right thing to do to build a community and it also helps keep you safe… a few dealers/users hang out on our block, but they know us and we know their friends so things are smooth.

        To be fair, though, this incident likely has nothing to the 9th Street ‘crew’ but rather a sick man (mentally, drugged, drunk, who knows) who tragically lashed out at an infant.

    • neighbor

      9th street is a mess. The amount of garbage on the sidewalks is astonishing

    • Anonymous

      What on earth does that have to do with this incident?

  • Tony

    Jesus Christ, no words for this.

  • dat

    So much sadness indeed.

  • Erica

    How awful. That poor baby.

  • Truxton Thomas

    Unfathomable. How could a man kill his own infant son?

  • spookiness

    Sadness is when a 5-week old dies because it is sick. This is madness not sadness.

  • Cat

    This is the most disturbing thing I have read all year. Absolutely terrible!

  • Susan

    This is horrifying! This truly has been the summer of sadness!

  • kgw

    I was on a jury of infant death from blunt force to the head. Even though all evidence pointed to the mother causing the death, we had to acquit because of the multiple people in the house that “could” have caused it during the night. We were not allowed to know that the mother was mentally challenged and obviously not able to deal with a crying baby. It was such a sad trial.

    • say what

      Where in the hell is social service? how can they let a baby leave the hosptial with woman who is mentally challenged??

      • kgw

        It was her second child.

      • Lucie

        Lots of women who are mentally challenged or have a disability or an issue like depression can be wonderful parents. Let’s not say that just because some one isn’t as smart or physically capable that they shouldn’t be allowed to have children.

        • blahblahblah

          +500. Some of the best parents I know are struggling with depression.

        • Jammin Jimmy

          There is a difference between depression and repeatedly coarsening a mentally challenged woman into sex and ultimately a baby, twice. Unfortunately, it isn’t too surprising around here.

        • say what

          TO me “mentally challenged” signals a developmental disability and not depression. Even if she had depression, there should have been a system in place to provide support. Lets hope the other child was removed the home ASAP.

  • Local

    That block is mostly good people—like most blocks are. But let’s be honest: known young gang members live and/or hang out there. I’ve personally seen lookouts (kids, really) around 9th & Quincy signal the dealers when cops are around. Several officers have specifically mentioned the problems with a few very bad people on that block. Shattered car windows are common, yet the least of the problem there. I’m glad you know your neighbors, as being neighborly is both the right thing to do to build a community and it also helps keep you safe… a few dealers/users hang out on our block, but they know us and we know their friends so things are smooth.

    To be fair, though, this incident likely has nothing to the 9th Street ‘crew’ but rather a sick man (mentally, drugged, drunk, who knows) who tragically lashed out at an infant.

    • Lucie

      not even necessarily that sick. Infancy cry the most in the period between 4 and 6 weeks. It’s tough on anyone, and if you’re not emotionally mature or prepared or able to take it, or if the baby is especially colicky, or if you have post-partum depression (which also affects men), i could imagine losing control.

      But yes, it’s important to differentiate between this kind of issue and a gang- or drug-related shooting.

      • But there is a huge – and valid- disconnect between – the baby is crazy crying so I need to get the hell out of here for a walk to clear my head -and the baby is crazy crying so I must smash it’s brains out. Not a new problem at all, but the question is how to make someone choose to run away/abandon/surrender/leave the child and call 911 – or murder.

        • Blithe

          I agree. It would be great if we had some time of doula and/or respite services available for overwhelmed parents. I think some states have a visiting nurse program for new mothers and their infants — which wouldn’t take the place of crisis resources, but might help reduce the number of crisis situations that occur.

          • Don’t need a “program”. Just need all health care providers – from doctors to nurse’s aides to tell new moms and dads to anticipate shit crazy upheaval and let them know how to handle it. (Put the baby in the crib – walk away – call for help. Family if available, 911 if not.)

  • Anon

    This city has gone down the tubes. I hope all the awful things that have happened this summer are just an anomaly and not a sign of things to come.

  • INDC

    I just read on WJLA an updated account of what happened. I have no words really, just so incredibly sad and tragic. We all need to be kinder to each other.

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