Two people have been indicted by a Baltimore County Grand Jury in connection with the death of their one-month-old son in July.
Eugene Joseph Buchta (25) of the 2800 block of Harford Road 21047 and Rachael Anne Johnson (25) of the 200 block of Patapsco Avenue 21222 have been charged with first-degree child abuse and related charges.
Just after 7 p.m. on July 3, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to an apartment in the 1800 block of Marshall Road 21222 for a report of a one-month-old male that was not conscious or breathing. Medical personnel transported the infant to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased less than an hour later.
The investigation into this incident has indicated that on July 2 at approximately 10 p.m., Buchta was giving the infant a bath in a small bathing tub. He left and when he returned, the child was submerged. When he took the infant out of the water, he noticed that the water was very hot. Instead of taking the infant to a hospital, Buchta and Johnson decided to put ointment on the infant. At approximately 7 p.m. the next day, the child became unresponsive so they called 911.
An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the infant concluded that the cause of death was complication of thermal injuries and the manner of death was homicide.