From the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office:
On January 23, 2014, a Harford County jury found Kayla Marie Barker, 25, of Aberdeen, guilty of First Degree Child Abuse and Neglect of a Minor after 2½ hours of deliberation.
The evidence presented over the course of three days of testimony was that Barker had repeatedly beat her 8 month old daughter in the head on April 17, 2012, causing multiple skull fractures, because the child would not stop crying. The child was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and was determined to have been abused and then transferred to Johns Hopkins where the abuse was confirmed by the child crisis team there. The child has recovered and was placed in foster care.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy State’s Attorney Diana A. Brooks and investigated by the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, lead investigator was Detective Carey Gerres who was assisted by Detective Joe Dugan of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. The State’s Attorney’s Office commends Detectives Gerres and Dugan for their fine investigation.
Sentencing has not yet been scheduled. The Defendant faces a maximum of thirty years.