Police: Suspect arrested in child's killing in Maryland is victim's 17-year-old half-brother

The suspect arrested in connection with the killing of a 5-year-old Maryland girl is the child's half-brother, police said.


The suspect arrested in connection with the killing of a 5-year-old Saturday is the child's half-brother, police said.

Anne Arundel County police released more information Sunday, saying evidence recovered at the scene on Apple Leaf Court in Pasadena indicted that the victim's 17-year-old half-brother, Stephen Jarrod Davis II, was the suspect in the homicide.

"For a child to have that much rage on another child, why? I think that's the main question all of us are asking," said Lt. Jackie Davis, of the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

As a result of the evidence, homicide detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Davis as an adult with first-degree murder.

Around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, detectives, with the assistance of Ohio police agencies, were able to find Davis in the Springfield, Ohio, area. Ohio authorities arrested Davis, who is awaiting extradition back to Maryland. There were no additional criminal charges placed in Ohio.

"Another question is where was he going? We don't know if he had family out there. We don't know if he was just aimlessly driving away. We're not sure yet," Davis said.

An autopsy was completed Sunday and the cause of death was determined to be multiple sharp force injuries and the manner of death was ruled homicide.

"She had multiple sharp force injuries, and when you think about that on the tiny body of a 5-year-old, gruesome is really — there's no word harsh enough, but that's about as close as I can get," Davis said.

Police identified the victim as Anaya Jannah Abdul.

"It's not easy to see somebody dead. It's not easy for anybody to see anybody dead. When you make that a child, it makes it worse. And when you make it a child by the hands of another child, there really are no words for that," Davis said.

Detectives are still looking into a motive in the case.