Baby dies, step-grandfather charged with manslaughter

- Authorities have charged a man with manslaughter in the death of his wife's 6-month-old grandson.

Prince George's County police say 48-year-old Lenwood Pearson has been charged with manslaughter, first-degree child abuse resulting in death and assault.

Pearson is the infant's step-grandfather.

Officers were called to Pearson's Capitol Heights home on Sept. 13 for a report of an injured baby, according to officials. Police say the baby, 6-month old Demetri Hooper, was taken to a hospital, where he died three days later.

An autopsy showed that the cause of death was trauma to the baby's head and his death was ruled a homicide, according to officials. Police say Hooper's injuries occurred while Pearson was caring for him.

It's unclear whether Pearson has an attorney.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online.

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