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Man wanted in death of baby is caught in Va.

March 17, 2003

FREDERICK, Md. - A 25-year-old man sought by Frederick police as a leading suspect in the Thursday death of a 9-month-old girl was caught Friday in Leesburg, Va., Frederick Police Lt. Thomas V. Chase said.

Tyrone Darnell Holmes was being held Friday night in Leesburg pending an extradition hearing scheduled for next week, Chase said.

Police had no permanent address for Holmes.

Chase said Holmes will be charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and child abuse upon his return to Maryland.

He is accused in the death of Yakaira Anice Cheatam, whose body was found by her mother in a bedroom of an apartment at 32 Sagner Drive, Frederick. The baby's mother had just returned from work. According to the police report, the baby had been left in the care of a friend.

A preliminary autopsy report listed the cause of the baby's death as multiple trauma.

"That's all we can say at this time," Chase said.

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Chase said police in Leesburg had information on Holmes' whereabouts.

"He was a suspect from the beginning," Chase said.

Holmes was found in the 200 block of Loudon Street. He was caught following a short pursuit on foot, police said.

Holmes is being held on a fugitive warrant by police in Leesburg, Chase said.

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