Suspect in connection with death of six-month-old baby charged with murder

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PRINCE GEORGE’S, CO – PG Police have charged a suspect in connection with the homicide of a baby boy. The suspect is 48-year-old Lenwood Pearson of Capitol Heights. The victim is six-month-old Demetri Hooper of Allendale Circle in Landover. The suspect is the victim’s step-grandfather.

On September 13th, at about 7:15 pm, patrol officers were called to the 300 block of Zelma Avenue for the report of an injured baby. The infant was rushed to a hospital where he died on September 16th. An autopsy later revealed the cause of death was trauma to the baby’s head. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The preliminary investigation reveals the injuries to the baby occurred while in the sole care and custody of Pearson.

Pearson is charged with manslaughter, first degree child abuse resulting in death, along with first and second degree assault. He is in the custody of the Department of Corrections.

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.