For one year, 11 News anchor Deborah Weiner tracked the juvenile homicide rate in Baltimore City: 22 children, ranging in age from 2 months to 17 years, were killed in 2019 — the highest number since the civil unrest of 2015. Of these cases, 16 died of gunshot wounds and six from child abuse.
Weiner, along with 11 News photographer Chuck Cochran, attended numerous funerals, interviewed heartbroken families and struggled to answer the question, “Why?”
Most of the fatal shootings occurred over the summer, within weeks of each other. While there have been arrests in four cases of fatal child abuse, all but two of the gunshot homicides remain open. No one has been arrested in most of these cases, leaving the families in a hellish and unenviable state of limbo.