Man Gets 30 Years for Scalding Toddler

A 23-year-old Alexandria man convicted of second-degree murder for plunging a 2-year-old girl into a tub of scalding water at a Woodbridge town house was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison.

Prince William County Circuit Court Judge William D. Hamblen sentenced Billy Leon Smalls to 39 years--the sentence a jury recommended--with nine years suspended, for his role in the death of Sade Naomi Hatfield last July.

The toddler suffered third-degree burns and went without medical treatment for two days after the scalding. Prosecutors said that Smalls forced Sade into the tub and held her down as punishment for wetting herself. Smalls said he had left the girl alone in the tub and that she somehow turned on the hot water.

Smalls, who also was convicted of felony child abuse, was caring for the girl at the home of his former girlfriend, Jennifer Talley, 22, who was convicted of felony homicide and felony child abuse and sentenced in May to nine years in prison.


Southeast Man Is Found Fatally Shot

A Southeast Washington man died yesterday when he was shot in the head, police said.

Officers responded to the 5100 block of F Street SE after receiving a report of a shooting about 2:30 a.m., police said. Inside a hallway, they found Thomas Walker, 22, who lived at that address.

Walker had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the D.C. Crime Solvers Unit at 1-800-673-2777.


Man Charged in Cigarette Tax Case

A Bethesda man has been arrested and charged with the illegal possession and transportation of cigarettes that did not have Maryland tax stamps, the first arrest since the state's cigarette tax nearly doubled July 1, Comptroller William Donald Schaefer said yesterday.

Law enforcement agents, acting on "intelligence information," stopped a car driven by Sidney Apple, 73, in Annapolis on Wednesday and confiscated 1,096 packs of cigarettes, according to a statement released by the comptroller's office. The cigarettes bore Virginia tax stamps but not Maryland stamps, the statement said.

Maryland's cigarette tax is now 66 cents a pack, up from 36 cents.

Slayings in Hyattsville, Landover

Two men were killed early yesterday in separate incidents in Hyattsville and Landover, Prince George's County police said.

Investigators said they received a call about 12:30 a.m. about a man suffering from gunshot wounds who had been taken to Greater Southeast Hospital in the District. The victim, Shawn Albert Daniels, 26, of the 3000 block of Stanton Road SE, was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at the hospital, police said.

Witnesses who took Daniels to the hospital told police that he had been shot in the 3000 block of Brightseat Road in Landover. Police said they don't have a suspect or motive.

In Hyattsville, a 54-year-old man died after he was stabbed in his home as a result of a domestic dispute that occurred about 4 a.m., police said. Louis Bailey, of the 1900 block of Amherst Road, was stabbed once in the chest with a kitchen knife by a woman with whom he had been fighting, police said. He was taken to Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, where he was pronounced dead about 5:30 a.m.

Investigators declined to identify the woman, who has not been charged, or to describe her relationship with Bailey.