BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A 27-year-old Baltimore County man has been charged in the January death of his 3-year-old son.
Police responded to the unit block of Glenwood Road in Essex on January 19 for an unconscious child.
The boy, Cameron Anthony Blake, was initially transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and later transferred to The Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where he died of his injuries on January 24.
Police began an investigation into the possible child abuse after being notified by staff from Johns Hopkins 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.
“The story that was told to police was that the child had fallen on a wet slippery floor,” said Jen Peach of the Baltimore County Police Department.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy, which ruled the boy’s death a homicide by multiple injuries.
As the investigation into Cameron’s death continued, detectives say they determined that his father was actually responsible for causing the injuries that ultimately killed him.
“I never thought, I’d have to hold my son while he died,” said Cameron’s mother Adrianne Blake. “Cameron’s last night in the world, I slept with him, in his bed. No mother should ever have to bury their child.”
Delonte Deshawn Mack is now charged with first degree child abuse resulting in death, first degree child abuse resulting in severe physical injury, second degree child abuse by a custodian, and second degree assault.
New charging documents state the father had a history of abusing Cameron.
Months before Cameron died, Mack’s caregiver texted him and said your son’s body “looks terrible. You need to stop throwing him around like a toy.”
Mack responded: “the belt leaves marks cause he light skin.”
“We were able to determine that Cameron Blake injuries were inflicted upon him by his father,” Peach said.
Mack is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status.