Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Da Son Darius Hogan, 23, of Odenton, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William C. Mulford, II to 20 years in prison with 5 years of supervised probation upon release for First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death.
"This man's use of brute force against a two-year-old child reveals a shocking lack of humanity," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I'm thankful to Judge Mulford for ensuring this devastating loss of life is met with harsh punishment."
On March 7, 2016, at approximately 7:30 am, Da Son Hogan was left to care for his girlfriend's three children. After taking the older two children to the school bus stop, Hogan and the youngest child, a two-year-old boy, returned to the hotel room where the group resided.
Cell phone records show that at approximately 11:20 am, Hogan began contacting his girlfriend to request help for a medical emergency. Upon arrival, she observed Hogan attempting CPR on her unresponsive son. She instructed Hogan to contact 9-1-1 immediately.
Anne Arundel County Police responded to the Odenton area hotel and located the unresponsive two-year-old boy. Paramedics transported him to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen caused by a forceful strike, such as a punch or kick.
Video surveillance footage collected from the hotel and surrounding businesses shows the boy is in good health when he returns from the bus stop with Hogan. The footage also shows that Hogan and the boy are the only people to enter the hotel room during the time of the incident.
Da Son Darius Hogan pleaded guilty to First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death on April 27, 2017.
Judge William C. Mulford presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.