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August 17, 2010

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."

Click the tag for more of our coverage on this perplexing case.

Posted by Justin Fenton at 10:59 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Annie McCann


Pathetic Jessamy strikes again...

This is very sad. The system has again failed..

Save the Jessamy hate...

The problem here is that the parents was looking for justice for their daughter's suicide. Kinlaw could not be blamed for that. You blame the victim and probably to a certain extent the parents.

SIS, how can you say that? Did those boys not steal her car? They admitted to doing so! From what I understand, there is no clear evidence that she killed herself. Yes, her parents want justice, but more than that (I believe) they'd also like some peace of mind.

Annie did not kill herself. Steve in Seoul, You must not have been following this case at all. The amount of lidocaine in her system did NOT come from Bactine. Too much lidociane. And how can you charge a stranger with unauthorize of a car??? They stole the car after dumping Annie's body to do joy riding. Baltimore police are a JOKE!

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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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