FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — A 14-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy are charged in the death of 17-year-old Ty’kerria Dawson. Dawson, of Hagerstown, was found dead along a Frederick trail over the weekend.

Police arrested Richard Eugene Cartnail, III, and Caliyah Dawnae Lobaugh, both of Frederick, on Wednesday. Both are charged as adults with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

14-year-old Caliyah Dawnae Lobaugh (left) and 16-year-old Richard Eugene Cartnail, III, (right) are charged in Ty’kerria Dawson’s death.

Both are being held without bond following a court appearance on Thursday. A judge deemed them flight risks.

Cartnail and Lobaugh are set to appear in court later this month.

Dawson’s body was found around 5 p.m. Saturday in a wooded area located behind Briargrove Court. She would have turned 18 on June 28 and recently graduated from Antietam Academy in Hagerstown.

Charging documents said Dawson, “had gunshot wounds to her head and a large laceration on her forehead.”

The documents also said Cartnail, Lobaugh and Dawson were all at Cartnail’s home the night before she died.


Taylor Clarke with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office called the case a tragedy.

“It’s certainly a sad situation,” Clarke said. “Our investigators have worked really hard on this case for the past few days and it’s certainly affected everyone. The ages involved here are incredibly sad.”

Ty’kerria Dawson. Photo provided.

WJZ spoke exclusively with Cartnail’s mother, Yvette Jackson. She said she does not believe he would have killed her.

Jackson said Cartnail and Dawson had been dating for several months.

“That boy would never do that. He would try to protect her every time she runs into a crisis,” she said.

She also added she hasn’t been able to speak with her son since his arrest.

“I just pray to God that I can get him the help. That’s all I can say,” she said.

Jackson added she’s now mourning not only for her son but for Dawson.

“I loved that little girl. I took her in my home. I even took her on vacation three weeks ago because she graduated,” she said.

Ava-joye Burnett

Comments (23)
  1. ChrisGC says:

    I can only hope the punishment matches the crime!!

  2. Joe G says:

    The Frederick Police better get ready for BLM to come and peacefully protest and possibly riot for the death of another innocent unarmed black, Mrs. Dawson…. Oh wait.. never mind, doesn’t fit their racist narrative…..

    1. Melio says:

      There’s no need to show your ignorance publicly. I suggest keeping that to yourself.

      1. trentdilfer08 says:

        There’s no ignorance in his comment.

      2. laura says:

        Don’t you know that most Deplorables are ignorant and uneducated?

    2. Joe G says:

      Funny how Dems ( I assume Melio and Laura are) cannot hear the truth and can only respond with hateful comments.

      1. dipiti says:

        Gun culture in US has to go.

  3. King Julian says:

    as the juror said in My Cousin Vinny, “burn’em”

  4. Bill Smiths says:

    What’s ignorant about telling the truth, that’s the problem with our community we don’t to except the truth.

    1. King Julian says:

      truth hurts and hard to admit to for some

  5. Fake Journalist says:

    Dear Black people,

    Until the black community can look in the mirror and start addressing the real sickness and illness in their own community no amount of protesting is going to make single shred of difference.

    yours truly,

    The rest of the world

    1. Joe G says:

      Amen. Notice how the term “black on black crime” is now being dismissed? “It’s just crime, there’s no such thing”, they say… Another way to deflect the real issues that affect the inner cities. If you can blame your problems on someone else and always cry racism instead of facing the truth and addressing the problems from within, positive change will never happen.

    2. LIzzy says:

      Dear White People
      History has shown how evil your people are. You are part of the problem in Amerikkka.

      The Truth

      1. Joe G says:

        Dear Black America

        I’m sorry your ancestors sold and enslaved their OWN people. I’m sorry that you have to continue to blame everyone else for your problems.

  6. a Black guy who can spell says:

    Bill Smiths- the problem is ignorant whites who do not know the difference between accept and except, who think they are somehow smart. You received at least 12 years of education the taxpayers had to foot the bill for and you still can’t spell? Some master race LOL!

    It’s to be expected, they worship an illiterate buffoon like Trump who can’t spell either and apparently can’t even read a brief that said his buddy Putin was paying a bounty for dead US troops.

    1. King Julian says:

      thanks doctor

    2. Tom DeLonge says:

      It’s to bad the innate properties and evolution will keep the black race as the most violent race on this rock

  7. Nathaniel Ridgeway says:

    BLM is about police killing unarmed Black people. It has nothing to do with Black on Black crime (not that it isn’t a problem, but they are separate issues.)

    Most people of any race are murdered by someone of the same race as most murderers know their victims as was the case in this crime. Whites kill Whites, Blacks kill Blacks & so on

    1. King Julian says:

      black on black is a way,way bigger problem,

  8. MAY BEA says:


    (which one of them is supposed to be a boy?)

  9. dee dee says:

    this situation is so sad why is it being made political Lets pray to god to help our young people

    1. Joe G says:

      Maybe instead of praying for help( don’t get me wrong, I believe in God ), I think a more logical approach would be to teach young kids in these horrible neighborhoods how to become good parents and raise their kids to be respectable adults instead of following in the the footsteps of generation after generation of failed parenting.

  10. The Kelvin Family says:

    Where were their parents while 14 and 16 year old children were out with a gun killing another child??? It is sad, but it starts with the parents and the law should hold them accountable (as well as whomever the child got a gun from (or gave him access to one) for what their kids do.

    Seriously, who raises kids like that and in a town that is a nice place to live????????? They are from Frederick not downtown Detroit.

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