Po­lice: Son’s beat­ing killed fa­ther

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

NORTH EAST — A man who al­legedly beat his fa­ther dur­ing a fight in­side their North East-area home two weeks ago is now fac­ing mur­der charges, af­ter his hos­pi­tal­ized fa­ther died from his in­juries on Wed­nes­day, po­lice re­ported.

The sus­pect, Daniel Ray­mond Hilde­brand, 28, is charged with sec­ond-de- gree mur­der, first-de­gree as­sault, man­slaugh­ter, in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records.

Those charges were filed against Hilde­brand by Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Det. Jonathan Wight on Thurs­day, a day af­ter the al­leged vic­tim — Ray­mond Michael Hilde­brand, 65 — died at Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Shock Trauma Unit in Bal­ti­more, po­lice said.

The fa­ther had been a pa­tient at the trauma cen­ter since Oct. 26, the day that he and his son fought, po­lice added.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors with the Ce­cil County Sherif f ’s Of­fice were no­ti­fied by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner that Ray­mond Hilde­brand, 65, was pro­nounced de­ceased at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter due to the in­juries from the as­sault,” out­lined Lt. Michael Holmes, CCSO spokesman.

The fight oc­curred dur­ing the day­time hours of Oct. 26 at the Hilde­brand fam­ily’s home in the 1200 block of Ir­ish­town Road, trig­ger­ing a “do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance” call that sent CCSO deputies rush­ing to the scene, po­lice said, adding that the fa­ther and son both were liv­ing there.

“Deputies de­ter­mined that dur­ing the al­ter­ca­tion, Daniel Hilde­brand punched Ray­mond Hilde­brand in his fa­cial area, caus­ing Ray­mond to fall to the ground, strik­ing his a head on the con­crete floor. Deputies also de­ter­mined that while Ray­mond was on the ground, Daniel struck him sev­eral more times in the fa­cial area,” Holmes ex­plained.

An MSP he­li­copter flew the fa­ther to Shock Trauma, and CCSO deputies ar­rested the son, charg­ing him with sec­ond-de­gree as­sault. Daniel Hilde­brand had re­mained in the county jail in lieu of bond from Oct. 26 un­til Thurs­day when, in the wake of his fa­ther’s

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Fifth graders at Calvert El­e­men­tary School salute af­ter per­form­ing a line dance to “Stars & Stripes” dur­ing the school’s Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­mony Thurs­day.

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