For Immediate Release 5/11/2017
Northeast Baltimore—Arnillo James Parks was convicted of first and second degree assault, as well as two counts of reckless endangerment, stemming from a 2016 attack with a 2x4 against his ex-girlfriend while she was holding their 6-month-old son.
Assistant State’s Attorney Maryam Zhuravitsky of the Special Victims Unit prosecuted the case. To date, this unit has a 96% conviction rate.
On September 24, 2016, police were called to a residence in the 1000 block of Hignet Way in Northeast Baltimore’s Armistead Gardens neighborhood. Upon arrival, they found Parks’ ex-girlfriend laying on the ground bleeding from her head. Police also witnessed the victim’s grandmother holding Parks’ 6-month-old son. According to police, the infant’s pajamas were covered in blood when they arrived.
Investigators learned that Parks arrived at the house to take the victim and their baby to the zoo; but after receiving a phone call outside, Parks returned enraged. A confrontation ensued and turned physical when Parks began punching the woman in the head. She was holding their child when the attack began. The grandmother was in the same room.
Parks then grabbed a 2x4 piece of wood lying by the back door of the residence, and struck the victim in the back of the head nearly a dozen times. The victim’s grandmother tried to grab the baby as her granddaughter was being attacked. Ultimately, the victim handed her the baby before she collapsed, losing consciousness.
A neighbor called the police, but Parks left before they arrived. Both the victim and the baby were transported to the hospital in an ambulance.
“No one deserves to experience such senseless violence nor should a grandmother have to witness such a horrible act inflicted upon her grandchild and great-grandchild,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “While this conviction does not right this wrong, my hope is that it will help this family to heal. Intimate partner violence is real—and it can be lethal. I encourage those experiencing domestic violence to contact the police and report the incident(s) immediately.”
The House of Ruth—a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting survivors of domestic violence—has office space in the Eastside District Courthouse on North Avenue, and offers advocacy and court accompaniment services to survivors free of charge.
Parks faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for his crimes. He is scheduled for sentencing on June 23, 2017.