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Salisbury Teen Mom Charged with Murder in Baby's Death

Posted: 08/08/2017 21:53:00 -04:00 Updated:
Destiny Cherise Sargent Destiny Cherise Sargent

SALISBURY, Md.- A Salisbury teenager is facing murder and related charges in connection with the death of her 4-month-old daughter, according to authorities. 

Destiny Cherise Sargent, 17, of Salisbury was arrested in connection with the child's death on Aug. 2. 

The homicide occurred on Alabama Avenue where the child suffered from head trauma and died, according to the Wicomico State's Attorney's Office.

According to charging documents, Sargent initially could not provide any reasons for why her daughter had suffered an injury to the forehead above her left eye.

After an autopsy was conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, police learned that the child's injury was consistent with abusive head trauma. 

Court documents show that after a second interview, Sargent told a detective with the Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center that she was in bed with her daughter, who was closest to the wall. Sargent said she was tired and the baby was crying and up on her hands. It was then that Sargent pushed her daughter's head against the wall, according to the charging document. The detective who interviewed Sargent wrote, "I asked Destiny how she felt and she told me she felt horrible. Destiny told me that it should have been different; she should have just got up but she was so tired."

Sargent is charged with first- and second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse: death, second-degree child abuse- custodian, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. 

The State's Attorney's Office also said the Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center will be investigating the case at this time. 

A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 17 in Wicomico District Court, Courtroom 2. 

This is the sixth murder this summer for the city of Salisbury, making it the city's highest homicide count since 2010. 

 

 

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