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Mother wants slain baby's name changed

June 29, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - The mother of a 4-month-old boy who died January 6 at a Baltimore hospital filed a civil petition Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to change the child's last name and to change the name of the father listed on the birth certificate.

When Justice Calvin Stotler was born, Ashley Stotler thought that Mark Stotler Jr., her husband at the time of conception, was the father, according to the petition. A paternity test determined that Christopher Anthony Cannon is the biological father.

Ashley Stotler's former boyfriend, Floyd Edward Bingaman III, 21, of Hagerstown, is charged with first-degree murder in the baby's death.

The petition asks that Justice's name be changed to Justice Christopher Calvin Myers-Cannon.

Both Mark Stotler Jr. and Cannon signed forms consenting to the change of name, court documents show.

Ashley Stotler's maiden name was Myers.

The family has referred to the child as Justice Christopher Calvin Myers-Cannon, but he was called Justice Calvin Stotler in charging documents filed in court.

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The boy was taken to Washington County Hospital about 11 p.m. Jan. 4 after his mother found him lying in his crib, cold and with a large knot on the back of his head, court documents state.

The boy was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead Jan. 6 at 1:20 p.m.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department alleges in charging documents that Bingaman shook Justice and banged the boy's head while his mother took a shower earlier that evening.

Bingman's trial is scheduled for five days, beginning July 30 in Washington County Circuit Court. He is being represented by former Frederick County State's Attorney Scott Rolle.

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