MARYLAND

Infant's father charged: A Suitland man was charged Thursday with killing his infant son, who Prince George's County authorities said was intentionally dropped by his father early Wednesday morning.

Ronald Wearen, 38, of the 3200 block of Swann Road, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 4-month-old Kevin Lee Wearen. He was being held without bond at the county detention center.

Authorities said the unconscious baby showed no signs of trauma when paramedics arrived at the apartment about 8:15 a.m., but he was pronounced dead about 15 minutes later at Southern Maryland Hospital. The state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, saying the boy had suffered internal head injuries.

Arrest in slaying: A Fort Washington man was arrested yesterday in the June slaying of an Oxon Hill man, Prince George's County authorities said.

James J. Thomas of the 200 block of East Tantallon Drive was charged with the first-degree murder of Ameri Barksdale, 23, of the 1700 block of Owens Road. Barksdale was shot to death last summer while sitting inside a parked vehicle.

Thomas, 20, was ordered held without bond at the county detention center.

Frederick murder charge: A Prince George's County man was charged with first-degree murder yesterday in the stabbing of a woman in her Frederick home, police said.

Carvin Solomon, 34, allegedly killed Vanessa May Holman, 32, and injured her husband, Anthony Sean Holman, in an attack Thursday night. Police said they believe Solomon, of Lanham, is the father of at least one of Vanessa Holman's three children, all of whom were asleep in the house in the 1100 block of Keswick Place when the killing occurred.

Police said witnesses told them that Solomon was let in the front door by Anthony Holman, who was hospitalized in critical but stable condition yesterday.

THE DISTRICT

Robbery sentence: A D.C. bank robber was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison yesterday for a string of heists in the downtown business district.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates sentenced Brian Carr, 35, formerly of the 3600 block of 16th Street NE, to the maximum term. Carr also was convicted on bank robbery charges in 1989 and 1993.

Police said they arrested Carr on Jan. 30, 2002, while he was robbing the Chevy Chase bank in the 1100 block of 17th Street NW.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.