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Date: Sep 28, 2015

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

UPDATE (October 28  8:20 a.m.):

An autopsy on Brittany Jackson has concluded that she died from the effects of several narcotics.

UPDATE (September 29  12:16 p.m.):

A preliminarily autopsy on Brittany Jackson did not reveal anything obvious. Further testing is expected to take several weeks.

UPDATE (September 28  4:45 p.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department has identified the woman found deceased in an upper floor bathroom of a home in the 2900 block of Freeway this morning as Brittany Jackson (age not known yet). The girl has been identified as Brittany Jackson's three-year-old daughter, Jaycia Jackson. Both lived in the home where  Brittany Jackson's body was found.

UPDATE (September 28  1:35 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have located the home where the girl found in a CVS parking lot last night lives. A deceased female was found inside the home.

Just before 10:30 p.m. last night, a three-year-old girl was found in the parking lot of a CVS in the 3900 block of Hollins Ferry Road 21227.

An initial search for the girl’s family did not produce any results.

Just after 9 a.m. this morning, police received information that the girl had been staying at a home in the 2900 block of Freeway 21227 and there was a deceased person inside. When police checked the home, they found a deceased female inside.

Investigators determined that the found girl had been living in the home. The name of the girl, as well as the name of the deceased female and the nature of the relationship between the two is not being released at this time.

There was some blood on the girls clothing and on the deceased female. There were no obvious signs of foul play. The official cause and manner of death will be determined after an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The girl is in the custody of Baltimore County Social Services.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. The incident is currently classified as a death investigation.

UPDATE (September 28  8:42 a.m.):

Police are continuing to search for the family of the girl found in the 3900 block of Hollins Ferry Road 21227 just before 10:30 p.m. last night. The girl is now in the custody of Baltimore County Social Services.

Original (September 28, 2015  5:17 a.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a juvenile found in the 3900 block of Hollins Ferry Road 21227 just before 10:30 p.m. last night.

The juvenile is an African American female approximately three-years-old and medium skinned. She is wearing a long sleeve shirt with a pink design on front, a jean skirt with white "leggings" underneath, and blue flip-flops. Her hair was braided with blue, white and red berets shaped in a flower design.

Police believe her name might be "Jacia" or nickname might be "Sissy".

Anyone with information on this juvenile is asked to call the Baltimore County Police Wilkens precinct at 410-887-0872.

UPDATE (September 28  8:18 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have located the family of the juvenile found in the 9500 block of Pulaski Highway early this morning.

The Baltimore County Police Department thanks everyone who shared his information on social media.

Original release (September 28, 2015  4:53 a.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a juvenile found in the 9500 block of Pulaski Highway in Middle River around 2 a.m. this morning.

The juvenile is an African American male who is approximately eight-years-old, 4’00”, weighing 80 pounds. He is wearing a black North Face jacket, gray and white stripe shirt, gray and green shorts, along with blue and black “Star Wars” sneakers which light up.

Officers have not been able to determine the juvenile’s name or address.

Anyone with information on this juvenile is asked to call the Baltimore County Police Essex Precinct at 410-887-0220.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017