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Father charged in assault on 11-year-old son in Baltimore County

Posted at 12:06 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 16:31:13-04

BALTIMORE COUNTY — Police have charged a father for an assault on his 11-year-old son that took place on Tuesday.

Officers were called to the 4200 block of Maple Path Circle at about 10:28 a.m. Tuesday when the child ran to a neighbor's house looking for help after his father hit him with an object, causing a puncture wound to his upper body.

Police say 40-year-old Reginald Eugene Cooper was behaving bizarrely when he stopped a neighbor outside and told her to go into his house to check on his son.

When she did so, Cooper returned and threatened to kill his son, hitting him with a screwdriver and causing a puncture wound.

According to police, he assaulted the neighbor when she tried to leave to get help. The boy fled the home where another neighbor saw him bleeding and tried to render first aid.

Cooper then approached and assaulted her, as well as a third neighbor after demanding entry into the man's home.

Cooper fought with arriving officers, causing a non-life-threatening injury to one officer before he was taken into custody.

The suspect was taken to an area hospital as a precaution based on his behavior, treated and released. The officer was also transported to an area hospital, treated and released.

The boy remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Cooper is charged with the following:

  • Attempted first degree murder
  • Attempted second degree murder
  • First degree assault
  • Five counts of second degree assault
  • First degree child abuse
  • Second degree child abuse
  • Use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure

Cooper is held on no bail status pending a bail review hearing.