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Update, November 2, 11:36 a.m.:

The victim of yesterday's fatal pedestrian crash on Pulaski Highway has been identified. He is Randolph Croom, 51, of the 8200 block of Pulaski Highway.

Original release:

A fatal crash on Pulaski Highway Sunday night resulted in a secondary crash that led police on a pursuit into Baltimore City, ending in the death of a one-year-old boy.

At 6:49 p.m. Baltimore County Police were notified that a pedestrian had been struck by a motor vehicle on Pulaski Highway near Krueger Avenue. The pedestrian, an adult male, was struck as he attempted to cross Pulaski Highway. The driver remained on the scene. The victim was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased.

As a result, a portion of Pulaski Highway was closed while the Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team conducted its investigation.

Pursuit Into Baltimore City

At 9:07 p.m. a silver Mercedes-Benz traveling east on Pulaski Highway struck a Baltimore County Police cruiser assisting in the road closure. The officer assigned to the cruiser suffered non life-threatening injuries when she jumped over the jersey wall in an effort to get out of the way of the Mercedes.

The driver of the Mercedes got out of the car and, when an officer requested license and registration, he returned to the car, turned around and fled westbound on Pulaski Highway towards Baltimore City. This initiated a pursuit by another Baltimore County Police officer who had been assisting with the initial fatal crash investigation. The officer pursued the violator to just inside Baltimore City onto Moravia Road.

According to the Baltimore City Police Department, the vehicle was traveling northbound in the 5400 block of Moravia Road, approaching Sinclair Lane on a steady red signal. The Mercedes entered the intersection at a high rate of speed. The front passenger side of the Mercedes struck the rear driver’s side of a Volvo C30. The Volvo made the right turn from eastbound Sinclair Lane onto northbound Moravia Road. The Volvo rotated clockwise and mounted the east curb continuing to rotate into a bus stop were a one-year-old was in a stroller. The Volvo struck the child, who landed near the driveway to the Parkside Shopping Center. The Mercedes then continued north on Moravia Road in the 5300 block coming to rest approximately 250 feet north of the collision scene.

The child was transported to Johns Hopkins Pediatric ER, where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect in the Mercedes was transported to Shock Trauma with minor non life-threatening injuries for evaluation. The driver of the Volvo was not injured.

The initial fatal crash on Pulaski Highway and the hit-and-run crash into the police cruiser both remain under investigation by the Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team.

The crash on Moravia Road resulting in the death of the child will be investigated by the Baltimore City Police Department.

Charges against the driver of the Mercedes are pending the conclusion of all related investigations.

On August 21 at 12:03 p.m., Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Shiloh Baptist Church in the 2400 block of Sycamore Avenue 21219 for a report of a child in cardiac arrest.

The initial investigation into the incident has indicated that a woman who worked at the church had arrived and was going to drop off her 13-month-old foster child, a girl, at the daycare center next to the church. She began to speak with someone in a parking lot, walked into the church, and left the child in the car. When she returned to the car, she found the child in cardiac arrest. The woman immediately called 911 and started CPR.

The child, Paris Bena Hall of the unit block of Horseman Court, 21133, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where she was declared deceased later that day.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. The Homicide Unit investigates sudden deaths of juveniles.

Booking photo of Gregory Gibson, charged with child pornography.A 63-year-old Cockeysville man who is a youth group leader at a local church has been charged with possession and distribution of hundreds of thousands of pornographic images of extremely young children.

Gregory W. Gibson, of the 10300 block of Malcolm Circle, 21030, is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $750,000 bail. He was arrested Thursday at his home.

Detectives in BCoPD's Crimes Against Children Unit say this is one of the most serious child pornography cases they have ever seen. Police so far have discovered about 250,000 pornographic images of extremely young, prepubescent children -- mostly girls -- on Gibson's computers and hard drives. These are disturbing images depicting child sexual abuse and explicit sex acts and erotica involving children.

Youth Group Leader

Gibson leads a youth group at the Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore, 1800 Cromwell Bridge Rd., Parkville, for children ranging in age from 9 through college age. Also, Gibson's wife has been operating an unlicensed daycare operation from the home; police have notified authorities of the illegal daycare operation.

There is no indication at this time that Gibson has abused children or used children he knows to produce pornographic material; however, the investigation remains ongoing.

The investigation began in February, when detectives identified online child pornography they traced through computer forensics to Gibson. Search and seizure warrants were executed at Gibson's home and place of employment on April 16; detectives seized computers and hard drives belonging to Gibson containing a massive amount of child pornography.

During interviews with detectives, Gibson said he struggles with his need to view child pornography and admitted to downloading and sharing child pornography.

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