Thursday, February 16, 2017

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Charge Suspect with Child Abuse

On February 10, 2017, Detective M. Hulse of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office responded to the Charles Regional Medical Center located in La Plata, Maryland for the report of child abuse. The investigation revealed a three-year-old juvenile victim received serious injuries while in the care and custody of 21-year-old Elijah Holmes Jr, of Lexington Park, Maryland. Due to the severity of the victim's injuries, he was transported to another hospital for further medical treatment. 

The initial account of events provided by Holmes on how the victim received the injuries was not consistent with medical reports. Subsequently, an additional interview was conducted. At that time, Holmes admitted to shaking the victim out of anger until he became lifeless. 

Holmes was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center on February 15, 2017, where he was charged with the following: 

Child Abuse 2nd Degree-Custodian 

Assault Second Degree 

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending a review with the State’s Attorney. Holmes is being held at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center on a no bond status. 

Elijah Holmes, Jr.