Baltimore man charged with stabbing pregnant girlfriend to death

UPDATE----Prosecutors at bail review hearing say victim murdered five days before she was due to give birth, and the boyfriend had repeatedly begged her to terminate the pregnancy.

Detectives also said boyfriend claimed he hadn't seen the victim in six months when the blood-stained ATM receipt turned up in his car dated the same day as her murder.

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A Baltimore man has been charged in connection the deadly stabbing of his pregnant girlfriend inside her Rosedale home earlier this summer.

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Kenneth Walter Worrell III, 32, of the 5800 block of Lillyan Avenue, was charged Friday with first-degree murder.
The charges stem from the June 20 stabbing of Summer Shemida Smith inside her home in the unit block of Travis Court in Rosedale.

Smith’s mother found her bloody and unconscious in the basement of the Travis Court home that evening. Baltimore County medics pronounced her dead at the scene.

She was nine months pregnant at the time of her death.

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Police did not immediately say what kind of injuries Smith suffered, but an autopsy revealed she sustained a number of injuries including puncture wounds, according to Baltimore County police.

Detectives linked Worrell III to the crime when DNA tests showed blood stains on a bank receipt, found in his car and dated the day of the of the murder, belonged to Smith, police said.

The baby was full term, but did not survive and the Baltimore County State's Attorney will review the case to see if additional homicide charges are appropriate for the death of the unborn child.

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