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August 5, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Child dies after police
are summoned to home

A 4-year-old boy found unresponsive in his Northeast Washington home Monday afternoon died after arriving at a hospital, according to D.C. police.

Authorities released few details and said the case is under investigation. The cause of death was listed as undetermined pending the results of an autopsy. The boy’s name was not immediately released.

Officer Araz Alali said police were called to the house in the 5600 block of Nanny Helen Burroughs Ave. NE about 2 p.m. Paramedics performed CPR and took the child to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Alali said.

Police would not say whether there was trauma on the boy’s body or what time the parents called 911. Homicide detectives are investigating.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Man on road is struck
and killed by car

A man who got out of his car and laid down on the road was struck and killed by another car early Monday in Suitland, Prince George’s County police said.

Police said that Donald Pray, 45, had been drinking before he drove down Suitland Road with at least one passenger. He got into an argument with a passenger, stopped his car and laid down near Suitland Road and Suitland Parkway about 1 a.m. and was struck, they said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police declined to provide detailed information about the other driver, who lives in Capitol Heights. They said the crash is under investigation.

— Julie Zauzmer

Man shot at home
in Germantown

A man was shot about 1:30 a.m. Monday at a home in the 17400 block of Onax Drive in Germantown, police said.

The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital. Capt. Jim Daly, a police spokesman, said the man underwent surgery and is expected to survive. Daly said the parties involved appear to know each other.

“We don’t think this was a random act in any way,” Daly said.

Along Onax Drive on Monday afternoon, police tape blocked off the street as officers continued their investigation and interviewed neighbors.

The neighborhood was quiet Monday afternoon. Several neighbors said that they had not heard gunfire and that they had no idea what had happened or who was involved.

No arrests have been made, and authorities released no additional information about a suspect or a motive in the shooting.

— Trishula Patela

VIRGINIA
Former employee
sues Cuccinelli

A former assistant attorney general in Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II’s office is suing her former boss, saying that he improperly fired her after she was suspected of posting unflattering comments about him on a Washington Post blog.

In a lawsuit filed late last week in federal district court in Virginia, Samantha Vanterpool claims that Cuccinelli fired her about a month after comments appeared online that called the Republican gubernatorial candidate an “egomaniac” who was “NEVER in the AG’s office and solely uses the position for self promotion.” The comments — posted anonymously by the user “bzbzsammy” — came in response to a May 2012 Washington Post blog about Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s criticism of Cuccinelli’s planned trip to Iowa.

Brian Gottstein, a Cuccinelli spokesman, said in a statement: “The attorney general and his former chief deputy are passionate supporters of the First Amendment, and any suggestion by a disgruntled former employee to the contrary is patently absurd.”

— Matt Zapotosky

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