A Maryland man who served a measly prison stint of less than three years for child abuse that led to his infant son dying was charged Monday with murder in connection with the death of yet another baby.
Francois Browne, 35, is facing a first-degree murder charge after police say he killed his girlfriend’s 18-month-old son, who police found unresponsive at at a Baltimore townhome on Forest Glen Road last Wednesday, WBFF reports.
Browne was allegedly alone with the toddler, Zaray Gray, when the boy stopped breathing at the home, located in the city’s northwest side.
When investigators questioned Browne, he reportedly said he had taken Zaray and other children to a playground earlier in the day—and claims that the baby fell down a slide. Upon further investigation, detectives say the lifeless boy was suffering from multiple bruises and internal damage, including tears to his bowel and a broken clavicle before succumbing to the injuries at a local hospital. Police said the cause of the wounds were likely due to “multiple blows to the abdomen.”
In 2012, Browne was convicted of child abuse resulting in the death of his 7-month-old son, Kendall Browne, who suffered fractured ribs and bleeding in his brain. Although he was sentenced to a mere 15 years in prison with four years suspended, he was released less than three years later in 2015.
A neighbor of the slain tot expressed outrage towards the incident to Fox Baltimore.
“It’s ridiculous that it had a chance to happen again,” Ronnica Watson said. “Maybe this could have been prevented.”
The suspected baby killer is being held without bail in the death of Zaray.
[Feature photo: Zaray Gray, GoFundMe]