Sad, sad, sad:
Police have arrested the 22-year-old live-in boyfriend of a woman whose 7-year-old daughter contracted a sexually transmitted disease, charging him with second-degree rape. The suspect, a West Baltimore man who is not being identified to protect the privacy of the victim, was arrested Tuesday after giving an account of the incident to detectives in the Police Department’s child abuse unit. The girl was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center on May 11 and was found to have gonorrhea.
The case was reported the same day police received a report that an 18-month-old from Cherry Hill had contracted gonorrhea. Police say that case remains under investigation. Adam Rosenberg, executive director of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, said the center saw 868 child abuse victims last year, the majority of whom were abused by someone known to them. He said of those cases, 20 children tested positive for sexually transmitted diseases.