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Father charged in murder of daughter found dismembered in shopping cart

Posted: 6:19 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 18:27:29-04
Dominique Foster
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BALTIMORE (WMAR) — The father of a mother of six found dismembered in a shopping cart behind a Baltimore apartment complex has been charged with her murder.

On Thursday, Baltimore City Police detectives served 66-year-old Lawrence Banks with charging documents while he sat at the Central Booking and Intake Facility on previous gun charges.

It was Mothers Day when 43-year-old Dominique Foster's body was found wrapped up in plastic near a dumpster behind the Clarks Lane Garden Apartments. Her hands, feet, legs, and head were all reportedly missing.

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At first it was an uphill battle for detectives to identify the body. All they had to go off of was a lips tattoo on the body.

Investigator's later caught a break, and received a tip from a woman claiming to be Foster's daughter.

The woman told police it was Lawrence Banks who killed her mother.

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Foster's family also alleges that Banks has killed other family members in the past.

He has a long list of violent crimes, including murder in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City. In 1991 he was sentenced to 20-years behind bars, but was released in the early 2000s.

Banks is currently being held without bail.