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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.

Booking Photograph of Eugene Joseph Buchta
Booking Photograph of Rachael Anne Johnson

Original release (September 17):

A Dundalk man is in custody after he carjacked a vehicle in Dundalk and drove it into Bear Creek.

On September 15, Baltimore County Police responded to the 1700 block of Inverness Avenue 21222 for a report of a carjacking.

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that a 75-year-old woman had gone to get something out of her vehicle, a silver Toyota Corolla. The suspect, who is the woman’s 33 –year-old grandson, took the car keys from her, pushed her to the ground, and drove off in her vehicle.

The suspect then drove the vehicle into Bear Creek in the area of the 8200 block of Beach Drive 21222. He exited the vehicle, swam to a pier, got out of the water and took off his clothes. The suspect attempted to steal a jet ski and then a boat but was not successful.

Police were able to take the suspect into custody without incident.

The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Jason Daniel Wenner of the 1700 block of Inverness Drive 21222. He has been charged with robbery, carjacking, and related charges. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $250,000 bail.

Booking Photograph of Jason Daniel Wenner

Original release (September 17):

Just before 1 p.m. on September 10, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Schappel’s Daycare in the 1700 Block of Rita Road 21222 for a report of a cardiac arrest. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a three month old female that was not breathing.

The infant was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and then transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital in critical condition. She was declared deceased on Monday.

Preliminary autopsy results showed no signs of foul play.

The infant has been identified as three-month-old Finleigh Adams of the 7200 block of Kimmel Avenue 21222.

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

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