Aunt and uncle charged with murder of 15-year-old nephew


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Police say the aunt and uncle of a 15-year-old boy were arrested and charged in his murder. 

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On January 26, 2021, East Baltimore patrol officers responded to an area hospital for a report of possible child abuse.

Once at the location, officers located 15-year-old Hezekiah Pettiford who was unresponsive and being treated by medical professionals.

Due to the victim’s condition, officers notified Homicide and Child Abuse detectives.

On January 28, 2021, Hezekiah Pettiford died from his injuries.

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The victim’s remains were transported to the Medical Examiner’s office where the cause of death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma on March 17, 2021.

On August 30, 2021, an arrest warrant was issued for the victim’s aunt and uncle, 32-year-old Stefanie Colon and 44-year-old Dion Ball Sr.

Warrant Apprehension detectives arrested both Ball and Colon on September 10, 2021, and transported them to Central Booking Intake Facility where they were charged with murder and manslaughter.

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