UPDATE: Pocomoke City man accused of murdering toddler
A Pocomoke City man is behind bars on murder charges, in connection to the death of a toddler.
The Office of the State’s Attorney for Worcester County says on Tuesday, 27-year-old Kevin Sewell was charged with second degree murder, and first degree child abuse. The charges reportedly stem from a May 3rd incident that happened in Pocomoke City, and ultimately led to the death of a three-year-old little boy.
State’s Attorney Beau H. Oglesby stated, “While certain details of the investigation cannot be released at this time, The Office of the State’s Attorney can confirm that the child was left in the care of Kevin Sewell who is the minor’s uncle. It was during this time that the child received multiple injuries that resulted in the child being placed on life support. Ultimately the child succumbed to his injuries and passed away yesterday afternoon while at The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter in Norfolk, Virginia.”
A City Official tells 47 ABC that Sewell was employed with the Pocomoke Public Works Department for at least five years. He reportedly did various street maintenance, lawn mowing, and equipment management. In light of the investigation, his job is reportedly under review.
Investigators say the penalty for the second degree murder charge is a maximum of 30 years, and 40 years for the first degree child abuse charge. Sewell is being held at the Worcester County Jail, without bond.
Neighbors close to Sewell’s home on Oxford Street, who wish to remain anonymous, say they were shocked to hear the news. They tell 47 ABC he lives with his wife, infant daughter, and young son.
“Very alarming, very alarming, makes me want to cry almost,” says Sewell’s neighbor. “As a dad, of course you never want to hear that, moving into a neighborhood like this it makes you think twice just letting your kids out in the front yard.”
The investigation that brought the charges against Sewell involved Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (a combined unit comprised of investigators from the Office of the Sheriff for Worcester County, the Maryland State Police and the Berlin Police Department), the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, the Office of the Sheriff for Worcester County, the Worcester County Department of Social Services, the Worcester County Child Advocacy Center, the Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center, the Maryland State Police Crime Scene Technicians, the Pocomoke City Police Department, the Accomack County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office and the Office of The State’s Attorney for Worcester County.