Baltimore man on trial for baby’s fatal beating hurt more children, prosecutors allege

Days before Francois Brown was to stand trial for beating his girlfriend’s toddler to death, city prosecutors accused him of once fracturing the femur of a baby girl.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Lambert told a judge that Brown fractured a baby girl’s leg bone in November 2017, bringing to three the number of young children he allegedly hurt. Two of them died.

“The improbability of the defendant being innocently entangled in two child homicides and one serious non-fatality in the span of six years in facially inconceivable,” Lambert told the judge.


Attorneys argued Thursday about whether jurors should hear of the two other children. Brown is standing trial in Baltimore Circuit Court for the murder last summer of 1½-year-old Zaray Gray, the son of his girlfriend. He turned down a plea deal that would have given him a 40-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors are scheduled to begin their case Monday.

Brown had been babysitting the boy. He told detectives they went to the playground with two other children and Zaray fell off the slide, police wrote in charging documents. The 36-year-old from Woodbourne Heights in North Baltimore is charged with second-degree murder, assault and child abuse resulting in death. He faces life in prison if convicted of all charges.

On Thursday, prosecutors sought approval from the judge to present evidence of other abuses. Brown served less than three years in prison for the death of his son in 2012.

“The defendant meets women. Within a few months, their children are injured,” Lambert told the judge.

“Are you saying he meets women to kill their children or abuse their children?” Circuit Judge Charles Peters asked.

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