UPDATE (August 14 3:15 p.m.):
After a bail review, Jessica Lynn Maranto and Brandon Joseph Johnson are now being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
UPDATE (August 14 10:19 a.m.):
Baltimore County Police have charged the parents of a six-year-old boy that was left alone in a room at the Welcome Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard on August 7.
- Jessica Lynn Maranto (33) of the 8700 block of Loch Bend Drive 21234
- Brandon Joseph Johnson (32) of the 8700 block of Loch Bend Drive 21234
Both have been charged with first-degree child abuse, child neglect and related charges. They are being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $200,000 bail.
On August 7 at 8:26 a.m., police responded to a room at the Welcome Inn for an injured person. A maintenance worker had entered the room because of a complaint about bed bugs and found a small child on the floor of the kitchen.
The male child appeared to be two years old and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. It was later learned that the child was six years old and suffering from severe malnutrition.
The child remains hospitalized.
The parents of the child were located and identified as Jessica Lynn Maranto and Brandon Joseph Johnson. The investigation indicated that the parents had left the home and were looking at other places to stay.
Booking photo of Jessica Lynn Maranto
Booking photo of Brandon Joseph Johnson
UPDATE (August 8):
Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit detectives are continuing to investigate the incident at the Welcome Inn on Thursday where a six-year-old child was left alone. A maintenance worker called police after finding the child alone in a room at the motel.
The child remains hospitalized for severe malnutrition at an area hospital.
The initial investigation has indicated that the parents left the child alone while they looked for a new home.
When the Crimes Against Children Unit completes the investigation, the report will be turned over to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for review. The State’s Attorney’s Office will determine if any charges will be brought.
UPDATE (August 7 3:17 p.m.)
Investigators believe that the mother and father of the six-year-old found alone in a room at the Welcome Inn had been gone between two and five hours.
Original release (August 7 10:19 a.m.)
Baltimore County Police are investigating an incident where a child was left alone in a Baltimore County Motel.
At 8:26 a.m. this morning, Baltimore County Police responded to a room at the Welcome Inn in the 8700 block of Loch Bend Drive 21234 for a report of an injured person. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a six-year-old male at the location by himself.
The child was taken to an area hospital to be evaluated.
This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit and the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.
Investigators have determined the identity of the child and have spoken with his parents.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.
Further information will be released as it become available.