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Baltimore County Police have arrested a former hospital employee, charged with a number of sex offenses, following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Booking photo of Donald Joseph Benson JrDetectives arrested Donald Joseph Benson Jr (40) of the 3400 block of Park Falls Drive, 21236 on Thursday, charged with a number of sex offenses, including the sexual abuse of a minor.

Benson became the subject of an investigation after detectives received a tip that he may be involved in the viewing of child pornography. As a result of the ensuing investigation, detectives uncovered explicit images of a juvenile female being sexually assaulted, who detectives determined was a patient at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center at the time of the assault. Benson was an employee of the hospital at the time the assault occurred in September of 2016.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have additional information on this case or any other incidents that Benson may have been involved in to contact detectives by calling the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit at 410-853-3650. 

Baltimore County Police are investigating a shooting in the 1300 block of Sugarwood Circle, 21221 after the victim responded to MedStar Franklin Square Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.

Essex officers initially answered a 9-1-1 call for shots fired around 12:41 a.m., then responded to the hospital after the victim, a 23-year-old man suffering at least one gunshot wound to the lower body, arrived at the emergency room around 12:52 a.m. Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit connected the two calls, and are still investigating to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

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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