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Man charged with child abuse, assult in relation to braindead child

CAPITOL HEIGHTS – A 48-year-old Capitol Heights man has been arrested by the Prince George's County Police Department as a six-month-old boy lays braindead in the hospital after he was allegedly found unresponsive at the suspect’s house.

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Man fatally shot in Temple Hills

TEMPLE HILLS -- A Temple Hills man has become the 67th homicide victim of the year in Prince George's County.

George Barnes, 52, of Southern Avenue, was shot around 11 a.m. on Sept. 8 in the 2500 block of Southern Avenue, along the DC/Prince George’s County line.

Police and Fire/EMS units from Prince George's County were called to an apartment building for an adult suffering gunshot wounds to his upper body. Paramedics transported the victim to a nearby hospital, but due to his wounds, doctors were unable to save him.

Detectives are working to identify a motive and the suspect(s).

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. 
Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.

Residents who live along Southern Avenue are accustomed to shootings there.

Police from both Prince George's County and the District of Columbia have responded a number of fatal shootings along Southern Avenue this year. In June 29-year-old Demetrist Glover of Just Street Northeast was shot and killed in the 1400 block of Southern Avenue. In February, 18-year-old Randy Franklin, Jr. was shot and killed in the 2600 block of Southern Avenue.

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Criminal charges dropped for county bus driver in 2014 pedestrian accident

UPPER MARLBORO-- All criminal charges against a former Prince George’s County bus driver charged with killing a pedestrian in downtown Upper Marlboro in July 2014 were dropped Thursday.

The judge ruled that the actions of Michelle Murray, an Anne Arundel County resident, were not criminal and dropped charges of manslaughter and criminal negligent homicide. Murray is still facing traffic charges for the July 31, 2014 incident.

According to police officials, on that day, Murray was driving a Prince George’s County bus when she struck and killed pedestrian Patsy Burton of La Plata at the intersection of Main Street and Water Street in downtown Upper Marlboro. Burton was dragged 20 feet.

Officials ruled Sept. 8 the incident was accidental. They believe Burton did not see the bus turning as she stepped into the crosswalk and that Murray did not see her because she was in the bus’s blindspot.

Murray's employment was terminated by the county. It’s unknown if she will be able to get her job back.

Burton’s husband told Murray that he forgave her for what happened according to NBC Washington.

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