Family upset after charges dropped in McCann case
In October 2008, a teen runaway from Virginia was found dead outside a Southeast Baltimore housing project, a mysterious death that has raised many questions - investigators believe she died from a fatal ingestion of Bactine, used to treat pierced ears - but provided few answers. FOX Baltimore is reporting the following (because there's not a story URL, I'm posting the full text here):
The parents of a 16-year-old girl found dead in Baltimore are outraged that prosecutors have dropped charges in the case.
Annie McCann was found dead behind a dumpster in Southeast Baltimore after she ran away from her Virginia home in October 2009.
While police ruled the death a suicide, they charged 21-year-old Darnell Kinlaw with stealing and ransacking her car.
Daniel and Mary Jane McCann hoped for justice Tuesday at Kinlaw's court hearing Tuesday, but they were shocked by the outcome.
Prosecutors dismissed the charges due to lack of evidence.
Prosecutors sent me this response today:
"Darnell Kinlaw’s name surfaced while police investigated the unauthorized use of the vehicle driven by the late Annie McCann in November 2008. That investigation was very thorough and included consultation with prosecutors in the State’s Attorney’s Office. During that investigation police issued an arrest warrant for Kinlaw in October 2009; it wasn’t served until July 2010. The police attempted to gather further evidence but were unable to do so. The state, in consultation with police, determined this case could not proceed to trial due to the fact that the only evidence was uncorroborated testimony and therefore a NP was entered August 17, 2010 in case number: 2b01984817 State vs. Darnell Kinlaw (unauthorized use, etc).
The State’s Attorney’s Office personally contacted the McCanns informing them of this matter; the court did not list them as victims in this case (it was their vehicle in which the alleged unauthorized use took place.) The McCanns were unaware this case was pending until that personal contact from the State’s Attorney’s Office. We also informed them what would happen in court, fully explaining why so that they would not be surprised at the outcome."
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