County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

Statement From County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

For Immediate Release: 8/18/2014 10:00 PM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson Press Secretary/Deputy Communications Manager Phone: 240-619-9400

Domestic Violence Homicides

Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement regarding recent homicides related to domestic violence incidents. For a list of Prince George’s County Domestic Violence Resources please click here:

“Over the past few weeks our County and this region have dealt with several cases of domestic violence resulting in the tragic loss of lives or injuries to innocent family members, including two 3 year-old children in two separate incidents.  When we hear about the harm that a loved-one senselessly inflicts on a member of their family, particularly young children, it is heart-wrenching.  Unfortunately, Prince George’s County has recently experienced far too many instances and we must work together as a community with a sense of even greater urgency to stop this violence. We need neighbors, family members, and friends along with victims and survivors to get involved and help save lives by calling 2-1-1 to get confidential assistance.  We must proactively prevent tragedies like these from happening again.  

I want all Prince Georgians to know that there is help available for our citizens in need. I am appealing to our faith institutions, community groups, and the media to help us promote 2-1-1 as a resource to help reduce violence of this type.  And I want to assure the residents of Prince George’s County that the Prince George’s County Government and, specifically the State’s Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Police Department and our health and human services agencies are continuing to address this issue in collaborative ways.

To stop domestic violence within our communities, we must all play an active role in identifying these situations before they happen. We need everyone’s help dealing with the root causes of domestic violence such as mental illness, insufficient conflict resolution skills, drug and alcohol abuse and depression.  As a father, I can only imagine the pain one must feel at the loss of a son or daughter.  It is imperative that we bond together and protect our children from this kind of violence.  I am urging everyone to join me as we work together to stop these recurring domestic violence situations in Prince George’s County and throughout this region.”