BALTIMORE — — Cornelius McBride pled guilty to child abuse in the May 2016 murder of his girlfriend’s ten-month old son, Kahlil Cannady. McBride was sentenced to 40 years in prison with all but 20 years suspended and five years of supervised probation. He was also sentenced to serve a five-year concurrent sentence for a domestic violence incident in March 2017 involving the victim’s mother.
On May 25, 2016 at 11:00 pm, Baltimore police responded to the University of Maryland Hospital to investigate a report of child abuse. McBride and the victim’s mother had transported the 6-month old infant to the hospital where medical staff diagnosed the victim with several injuries including a seizure, retinal hemorrhaging, traumatic brain injury, and rib fractures. After four months of intensive care, Cannady passed away on September 24, 2016. The victim was just ten months old.
In his initial testimony to police, McBride testified that Cannady hit his head on the bathtub as his eleven-year-old daughter bathed the victim. While preliminary testimony from McBride’s daughter corroborated this statement, subsequent interviews with police revealed a much different account. Upon further investigation it was revealed that the eleven-year-old was not at home during the incident and that McBride had instructed her to take responsibility for the victim’s injuries. Several witnesses also confirmed that the infant — who had behaved normally throughout the day — was alone with McBride at the time his seizures were reported.
Homicide detectives, along with ASA Lambert, consulted several pediatric physicians regarding the validity of the details presented in the case. Physician medical examinations established that the child’s injuries occurred shortly before the onset of the seizure, at the time the infant was solely in the Defendant’s care. Doctor’s concluded that the severity of the victim’s injuries was inconsistent with allegations of a simple fall inside a bathtub and was the result of high-level intentional trauma to the head. One physician told detectives that the injuries suffered by the infant victim “were some of the worst [she] had ever seen.” On September 25, 2016, the victim’s death was subsequently ruled a Homicide.
McBride was arrested on August 15, 2017.
“As a mother, my heart breaks for the unimaginable violence this innocent little baby suffered,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “This defendant will now have to suffer the consequences of his despicable actions and no longer walk freely in our community for the foreseeable future. We will continue to support the family of baby Kahlil as they try to heal from this horrible ordeal.”