Foster child, left in car in church parking lot, dies in Baltimore County


By Julie Zauzmer August 31 2015

A toddler died in Baltimore County when her foster mother left her in a car outside a church, county police reported Monday.
Cpl. John Wachter said Monday that the police department’s homicide unit investigates all deaths of children, but that as of Monday, 10 days after the girl died, her death is not being considered a homicide.
That may change after the state medical examiner’s office completes its examination, Wachter said.
Police said in a statement Monday that the 13-month-old girl, Paris Bena Hall, was with her foster mother Aug. 21.
The woman worked at Shiloh Baptist Church in Edgemere and planned to take the baby to the day care next to the church. She parked, had a conversation in the church parking lot, then walked inside the church.
Wachter said that police do not know how long the woman was inside the church. They know that when she came outside about noon, she found the girl in the car and called 911.
The child was in cardiac arrest, and the woman attempted CPR.
The child died at a hospital later that day.

Julie Zauzmer is a local news reporter.