Child abuse charge: A Wheaton woman was charged with child abuse and other counts after she allegedly beat her 4-year-old grandson and tied him to his bed for days without giving him food, Montgomery County police said yesterday.

Florence Anjola Griner, 54, of the 12000 block of Claridge Road, was charged with felony child abuse, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment. The boy is in the custody of Montgomery County social services, police said.

Detectives received a call Jan. 9 from someone who saw Griner and the boy in a Silver Spring convenience store, police said. According to court documents, the caller told police that the boy had a bruise under his eye and appeared to be afraid of Griner.

In an interview, the boy told police that he was tied to his bed and beaten as punishment for misbehaving or doing poorly on school assignments that his grandmother gave him, charging documents stated. A hospital examination of the boy showed that he had numerous scars and bruises on his body, police said.

Griner had sole custody of the boy and was home-schooling him, police said.

Robbery convictions: A federal jury last night convicted a Largo man of three armed bank robberies, an armed carjacking of a Prince George's narcotics police officer and several related charges.

Derrell L. Gilchrist, 27, was convicted of using a handgun to rob three banks in Maryland in 2001. The jury acquitted Gilchrist of one count of armed bank robbery. He also was convicted of carjacking county police Cpl. Raymond S. Redden on July 13, 2001. Redden was carjacked at gunpoint in the Landover parking lot of the police department's Narcotics Enforcement Division. U.S. District Judge Deborah S. Chasanow scheduled sentencing for mid-April.


2 men found shot: Two men were found shot, one fatally, in a truck parked across the street from a Northeast Washington elementary school as classes were about to be let out yesterday afternoon, officials said.

The men, who were not identified, were found about 3 p.m. in the 5000 block of Hayes Street NE. The passenger had been shot in the head and died at the scene. The driver was taken to a hospital with a wound to his arm, D.C. police said.

The shootings took place across from Merritt Educational Center, where the principal held students in the school for an hour after classes were due to end.


Man, 18, found dead: Fairfax County police are investigating the killing of an 18-year-old man who was found by a family member at their Fairfax area home yesterday afternoon, police said.

Officers found Christopher Campero dead inside the home in the 3100 block of Cedar Grove Drive, with apparent trauma to the upper body, police said. No other information was available last night. Anyone with information can contact police at 703-691-2131.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.