From the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office:
On February 27, 2014, Kayla Marie Barker, 25 of Aberdeen, was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Injury by Judge Stephen M. Waldron.
Barker had been found guilty by a jury in January of abusing her nine month old daughter by repeatedly beating her on the head causing multiple skull fractures. The defendant inflicted those injuries because the child would not stop crying. The child was treated at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and then at Johns Hopkins pediatric intensive care unit. Barkerhad initially delayed taking the child to the hospital for several hours in an effort to avoid questioning by Child Protective Services, resulting in an additional conviction for Neglect of a Minority. Judge Waldron imposed a five year sentence on that count to run concurrently.
The child’s paternal aunt, who now has custody of the child, spoke at the sentencing hearing, advising the court that the child, now 2 ½ years old, does have developmental and behavioral problems as a result of the abuse.
The case was handled by Deputy State’s Attorney Diana A. Brooks and investigated by the Harford County Child Advocacy Center, Detective Carey Gerres was the lead investigator and was assisted by Detective Joe Dugan.