Parents of slain teen threaten lawsuit
The parents of 16-year-old Annie McCann, who was found dead nearly two years ago in Southeast Baltimore, are threatening to sue the city for up to $12 million, alleging police shelved the investigation and wrongfully concluded that the girl took her own life.
Dan and Mary Jane McCann have been fighting the city since their daughter mysteriously ran away from their Fairfax County, Va., home on Nov. 2. She left a letter that police concluded was a suicide note. But her parents note she wrote that that she thought about killing herself but had changed her mind and decided to run away.
How she ended up dead behind a trash bin in Southeast Baltimore had remained a mystery for nearly two years, and the McCanns have relentlessly pursued detectives and other authorities to do what they consider a proper investigation.
The Medical Examiner ruled the cause of Annie's death undetermined but said she ingested a lethal dose of lidocaine from drinking from a 5-ounce bottle of Bactine. Police have suspended the case, saying the evidence points to suicide.
With the help of private investigators, the McCanns say they have unearthed many clues that have yet to be answered. They include:
A mysterious text that Annie got on her cell phone days before she disappeared from a convicted drug dealer in Northern Virginia.
A still mysterious woman that a waitress says she saw with Annie at a Little Italy pastry shop one or two days before her body was found.
The McCanns pressed police to charge two juveniles and one adult using Annie's car and driving it to a gas station five blocks away. One of the teens admitted to removing Annie's body from the car and putting near the trash bin. The juveniles were found responsible for the unauthorized use of the car; charges were dropped against the adult. The McCanns do not believe the youths had anything to do with the death.
These are just a few of the inconsistencies the family says they want resolved.
"The mayors and deputy mayor have been miserably disengaged from their sworn, paid duty to oversee the Baltimore Police Department," Dan McCann said in a statement, which concluded: "We will never stop looking for the killer of our daughter. When will the City of Baltimore start?"
Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi responded: "We stand behind the homicide investigators. It is an extremely horrific and tragic situation. We can never imagine the amount of grief that this family is going through, but the evidence is pretty overwhelming that this is not a homicide."
Read the McCann's full statement: