Crime, Police/Fire

Woman’s boyfriend charged in death of Essex toddler

ESSEX, MD – Police in Baltimore County have charged a man in connection with the death of a toddler in Essex.

David Marvin Haas Jr. has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of the 2-year-old.

On June, 29, police responded to the 900-block of Garden Drive in Essex for a cardiac arrest after Haas called 9-1-1 just before 9 p.m. Haas had been babysitting the child, his girlfriend’s son, when the boy stopped breathing. The child was taken to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Homicide detectives were called due to the age and injuries observed on the child. An autopsy was conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the results of which were returned to police on July 8 indicating cause and manner of death to be multiple injuries and homicide.

The Homicide Unit continued their investigation into the child’s death and determined that the injuries he suffered were inconsistent with the account of events given to police by Haas.


Haas was arrested on Tuesday, charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in death and first-degree murder. Following a bail review hearing on Wednesday, he is being on no-bond status at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.

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