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Booking photo of David Marvin HaasDavid Marvin Haas Jr is arrested and charged in the death of a 2-year-old child.

Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Garden Drive in Essex on June 29 for a cardiac arrest after Haas called 9-1-1 just before 9 p.m. Haas was babysitting the child, his girlfriend's son, when the boy stopped breathing. The child was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit was contacted due to the age and injuries observed on the child. An autopsy was conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the results of which were returned to police on July 8 indicating cause and manner of death to be multiple injuries and homicide.

The Homicide Unit continued their investigation into the child's death and determined that the injuries he suffered were inconsistent with the account of events given to police by Haas.

Haas was arrested on Tuesday, charged with First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death and First Degree Murder. Following a bail review hearing yesterday, he is held on no bond status at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.

Baltimore County Police arrested a substitute teacher yesterday morning on child abuse and sexual assault charges.

Scott Thomas McCruden (31) of the 600 block of Orems Road in Essex is charged with Sex Abuse of a Minor, 3rd Degree Sex Offense, 4th Degree Sexual Contact, and 2nd Degree Child Abuse of a Child in his Custody. A warrant for his arrest was issued by the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County on July 19, which was served at his home around 6:30 a.m. yesterday morning.

McCruden was hired by the parents of a 9-year-old girl as a babysitter and tutor in September 2017, but they ended his employment by May 2018, when their child began to exhibit signs of anxiety and distress at times when McCruden was scheduled to babysit.

Police were also contacted at that time, and an investigation into McCruden revealed he had inappropriate physical and sexual contact with the girl while she was in his care at both his home and her's, and in his vehicle at times when he picked her up from school. The abuse ranged from "disciplinary" pinching to inappropriate touching and pinching of the girl's buttocks.

McCruden was temporarily employed by Baltimore County Public Schools as a substitute teacher between September 2017 and June 2018, working mainly in schools in eastern Baltimore County for varying grades and subjects. He is no longer employed by Baltimore County Public Schools.

Police and school officials do not believe that McCruden had any inappropriate behavior with minors while working in the capacity of a substitute teacher on school property. Still, detectives from the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit urge parents to speak with their children about notifying a trusted adult if they believe they have experienced any type of inappropriate touching and contact police if they believe their child has had any inappropriate contact with McCruden.

McCruden is presently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status pending a bail review hearing later today.

UPDATE (September 15, 2017 2:25 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged Delonte Deshawn Mack (27) of the 5400 block of Seward Avenue, 21206 in the January death of his son, 3-year-old Cameron Blake.

Police began an investigation into the possible child abuse after being notified by staff from Johns Hopkins Childrens Center that the child’s injuries were not consistent with a fall, as initially reported by his caregiver, but were due to some other type of force.

Police and EMS first responded to the home of Cameron’s caregiver on Glenwood Road in Essex on January 19 when she reported finding Cameron unresponsive after slipping and hitting his head on the floor. He was initially transported to Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center and later transferred to Johns Hopkins Childrens Center due to the severity of his injuries. He died on January 24 as a result of those injuries. The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy, which ruled the child’s death a homicide by multiple injuries.

As the investigation into Cameron’s death continued, detectives determined that his father was actually responsible for causing the injuries that ultimately killed the child. He is now charged with 1st Degree Child Abuse resulting in Death, 1st Degree Child Abuse resulting in Severe Physical Injury, 2nd Degree Child Abuse by a Custodian, and 2nd Degree Assault. He is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status.

Original Release (January 25, 2017 3:50 p.m.):

A 3-year-old boy who is currently the subject of a child abuse investigation died yesterday morning.

A preliminary autopsy has been completed but the results are pending further analysis by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Police initially responded with medical personnel to the unit block of Glenwood Road in Essex on January 19 for an unconscious child. The child, identified as Cameron Anthony Blake, was initially transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and later transferred to The Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for treatment. The case became a possible child abuse investigation after hospital personnel reported the child had injuries consistent with child abuse.

This case continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit.

Revised June 27, 2017