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December 15, 2009

McCanns get response from city.. sort of

The parents of Annie McCann, who have been pleading with the city to reopen their daughter's case and have retained high-powered consultants to help them make their case, got a terse response from city officials last week. It was forwarded to the media on Friday but I've been too swamped to get it up until now. The response from Deputy Mayor Christopher Thomaskutty, which is below, indicates that city officials are either exasperated with dealing with the family or realize this could be headed to court at some point and want to choose their words carefully:

"Mr. and Mrs. McCann:

On behalf of everyone in the Mayor's Office, we are terribly sorry for your tragic loss. To answer your question, "no", the Baltimore Police Department will not re-open the investigation into your daughter's death.



Posted by Justin Fenton at 10:26 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Annie McCann


The City is clearly stonewalling this investigation for some reason...which in Baltimore usually means corruption, incompetence or some combination of the two.

The McCann's are doing the right thing by bringing in outside eyes and ears to try and figure out what's really going on here.

I am at a lose as to how the Baltimore Police and Mayor's office can be so blind. It is plain to see all the unanwered questions. They are simply incompetent. Why won't they follow up leads? The large amount of lidocaine in her body. The young woman Annie was seen around town with? Her missing shoes? Her body wet? 5 fellows moving her body; only 2 charged? The phone call on her cell phone? The mayor's office can only answer "No." What idiots!

My heart goes out to the family.

Can they go over Balto City PD heads? Appeal to Sheila Dixon, or Martin O'Malley, or a Senator - somebody has to listen to them! My heart breaks for them!

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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