School tu­tor charged with felony child abuse

Po­lice say man slammed 7-year-old against wall at City Springs Ele­men­tary

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Colin Camp­bell and Justin Ge­orge Bal­ti­more Sun re­porter Liz Bowie con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle. cm­camp­bell@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/cm­camp­bell6

A 25-year-old tu­tor at City Springs Ele­men­tary School was charged Wed­nes­day with felony child abuse and as­sault after po­lice say he slammed a 7-year-old child against a wall, caus­ing a se­ri­ous head in­jury.

Ti­mothy Ran­dall Korr of the 3200 block of Foster Ave. faces first- and sec­ond­de­gree child abuse, first- and sec­ond­de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and ne­glect charges, po­lice said. He has been ter­mi­nated by the Bal­ti­more Cur­ricu­lum Project, the school’s char­ter op­er­a­tor

Po­lice said it’s not known what prompted the in­ci­dent, but department spokesman T.J. Smith said noth­ing jus­ti­fied the “de­spi­ca­ble” act.

Po­lice de­scribed Korr, who weighs 225 pounds, car­ry­ing the se­cond-grade stu­dent a short dis­tance be­fore slam­ming him into the wall.

“Slammed so hard his body went limp,” Smith said. “To watch a child be ba­si­cally man­han­dled like a sack of pota­toes is in­com­pre­hen­si­ble.”

City po­lice were called Mon­day by Bal­ti­more school po­lice to Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal, where the boy is be­ing treated, to in­ves­ti­gate the al­leged abuse. The in­ci­dent was cap­tured on video. After de­tec­tives viewed the footage at the South­east Balti- more char­ter school on Tues­day, po­lice ar­rested Korr.

Po­lice did not name the boy or re­lease his con­di­tion.

Korr was taken to Cen­tral Book­ing, where he was await­ing an ap­pear­ance be­fore a court com­mis­sioner.

Korr’s at­tor­ney, Kurt Nacht­man, de­clined to com­ment Wed­nes­day.

School sys­tem spokesman Edie House-Foster said the Bal­ti­more Cur­ricu­lum Project, which runs City Springs and sev­eral other char­ter schools in the city, hired Korr as a tu­tor.

Korr held a po­si­tion cre­ated by the Bal­ti­more Cur­ricu­lum Project and not the school sys­tem. Korr was not hired or screened by the school sys­tem’s hu­man re­sources department, as is the case with most em­ploy­ees, House-Foster said.

“We are heart­sick that this child suf­fered Ti­mothy Korr this in­jury,” said Laura Do­herty, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Bal­ti­more Cur­ricu­lum Project.

“We pray for his com­plete and quick re­cov­ery and for his fam­ily as well. This is an un­usual, iso­lated in­ci­dent for our schools, and we are par­tic­i­pat­ing in a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into what ex­actly hap­pened.”

House-Foster said the school sys­tem is work­ing with the char­ter op­er­a­tor and po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The school sys­tem, House-Foster said, will “co­op­er­ate fully in the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the in­ci­dent and will take any ac­tion war­ranted once the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete.”

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