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Teen charged in child’s wounding turns himself in

A Fort Washington teenager charged in the shooting and wounding of a toddler in Glenarden has turned himself in to police, authorities said Friday.

Deven A. Matos, 18, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in the shooting, which occurred about 9 p.m. Saturday in an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Brightseat Road, authorities said. According to police charging documents, Matos was one of two men involved in a firefight in the parking lot, and gunfire from that exchange struck a 23-month-old boy in the face.

Police said they do not believe the child was the target of the gunfire, but rather an innocent bystander being held in his mother's arms. He was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition, authorities said. His mother was grazed and not seriously wounded, authorities said.  

Police had initially called Matos a person of interest in the case, though earlier this week they said a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Reached on the phone this week, Matos's step mother declined to comment. Online postings suggest that Matos is an amateur boxer.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.


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