Body of teenage son of Baltimore cop was found in hole in wall of house, court says – CBS Baltimore
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (WJZ) – Shocking new details were revealed in prosecution documents released Thursday regarding the suspicious death of a teenager in Curtis Bay.
New court documents show Dasan Jones, 15, the stepson of a Baltimore City police officer, was found dead inside a wall.
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Reports said her stepfather Eric Banks Jr., 34, consented to a search of the house after police were called there over a custody dispute involving the teenager’s mother.
When officers reached the attic on the top floor, they said they saw a hole in the wall with a white blanket leaning over it.
Banks reportedly told officers it was a gun safe, but when they checked they found the body of the 15-year-old and immediately handcuffed him.
The neighbors said it was sad. âI heard the mother cry and that cry, I instinctively heard that I knew something had happened to her child,â said a neighbor.
Court documents say Banks begged to kiss his children after being handcuffed. He then tried to grab an officer’s gun and told him that they “should put an end to this”.
Anne Arundel County Police gave WJZ this updated schedule: They arrived at the scene for the custody dispute at 4:42 p.m. Tuesday at the mother’s request. She was there to pick up her son. The child was found unconscious upstairs in the townhouse at 5:40 p.m. Banks got into a fight with the officer at 6:12 p.m.
Anne Arundel County Police confirmed there had been previous service calls to the house but did not detail them.
They characterize the teenager’s death as “suspicious”, but would not say how he died or whether there was a criminal act.
âIt looked like things were going on with the couple and there had to be a bit of space between them,â said the sergeant. Cooke said.
An autopsy will determine the cause of the teenager’s death.
Police say Constable Banks initially told them her stepson left the house to no avail.
Banks, who has been with the Baltimore Police Force for three years, has now been suspended without pay. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said Banks’ policing powers had already been suspended following an earlier incident.
âI do not have the privilege of commenting on the subject of the previous incident,â Commissioner Harrison said.
A GoFundMe has been opened for Dasan’s mother.