Trial postponed for Hagerstown man charged with causing permanent brain damage to child

Attorneys have not received the medical records of Kaleb Marcello Adams from Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

August 13, 2012|By DAN DEARTH |
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The trial of a Hagerstown man charged with causing permanent brain damage to a child will be postponed until attorneys for both sides can obtain medical records detailing the victim’s injuries.

Washington County Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer on Monday granted a motion to postpone the trial of Darryl Xavier Talley Jr., 25, of 1317 Jay Drive.

Washington County Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen said after the hearing that attorneys have not received the medical records of Kaleb Marcello Adams from Children’s National Medical Center inWashington, D.C.

Talley has been charged with one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and second-degree child abuse.

The indictment said Talley was “a parent who (had) temporary care and custody of said child.”

The Herald-Mailearlier this year obtained a copy of an investigative report on the incident from Hagerstown Police. The redacted report did not contain the names of Talley or Adams, but indicated the child had fractures to each side of his head and that “the entire right side of his brain was dead.”


That report also said the boy will require constant care and medical intervention to survive and “has no chance to ever regain consciousness.”

A doctor told investigators the injuries were “non-accidental blunt force trauma,” possibly from the child’s head being smashed against something, according to the investigative report.

Kaleb, who was 1 year old at the time of the incident, suffered the injuries between March 22 and 23,The Herald-Mailhas reported.

The investigative report said Kaleb was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown on March 23.

He was accompanied by several people, including his father, his father’s girlfriend and leaseholders of the residence where they all lived.

Kaleb’s mother also was at the hospital and told police that she dropped the boy off at the Jay Drive residence on March 21, according to the report.

The room in which the child and several people lived was described in the report as “extremely dirty: dirty diapers scattered throughout, a bottle of Captain Morgan liquor on the floor ... prescription medication on the dresser, trash.”

Talley has been at the Washington County Detention Center since June 22, a deputy said. He is being held on a $200,000 bond.

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