UPPER MARLBORO, MD - After a bond hearing for two parents charged in the death of their three-month old son, the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney said it’s another example of an issue that’s been happening too much over the past two years.
“Yet again, another instance where this community has failed to protect a child,” said State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. "This baby represents for us, more than a dozen babies, three and under, who have been murdered in our community."
Antoine Petty was ordered to be held without bond, while Geneice Petty was ordered to be held on $120,000 bond. If she posts bond, the judge ordered to stay with her sister and mother and added she is not allowed contact with any minors.
During the hearing, Geneice Petty’s mother told the court that she herself was a victim of domestic violence and she believed that her daughter was, too. Alsobrooks said that is the problem her office is trying to address.
"We can no longer allow it to continue one generation after the next. We have the ability, we have the resources right now to address these cases,” added Alsobrooks.
Alsobrooks said people who are victims of domestic abuse, or if they know someone who is, they can go to the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center for help getting out of that situation. She urged people who see, suspect, or experience domestic violence to act.
"We hope that other families who are watching this won’t wait until something this devastating occurs."
But Alsobrooks added that message seems to be getting through to the community, as so far in 2016, the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office has had over 7,200 protective orders filed.
"We believe that, unfortunately, by the end of the year we anticipate somewhere in the neighborhood of 11,000 protective orders, we had 9,600 protective orders filed last year,” added Alsobrooks. She said an increase in reporting is a good sign, as it allows the police and her office to intervene.