Maryland: Evidence ruling due in birthday cake beating case


HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The uncle of a 9-year-old boy who was fatally beaten over a missing piece of birthday cake is set to learn if his statement to police can be used as evidence at his trial.

A judge is ruling Thursday afternoon in Hagerstown in the case of 24-year-old Jacob Barajas (bah-RAH’-hahss). He’s charged with second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the July 2015 death of Jack Garcia.

Police say they didn’t consider Barajas a suspect when he told them he handcuffed Jack to a chair as punishment for stealing, and then left the boy alone with the mother’s boyfriend, Robert Wilson. Wilson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March.

Barajas contends the police questioning amounted to an interrogation, and he should have been read his Miranda rights.

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