BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Kennedy Love Glass was born last month after her 7-month pregnant mother was murdered by her husband in Parkville. Tuesday, the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office is holding a baby shower fundraiser for the miracle newborn and her family.
"It's difficult when it hits home," Baltimore City Sheriff's Office deputy Shauna Carroll said.
Police say Eric Glass killed his wife Jasmine Kennedy at his home in Parkville. Miraculously, doctors delivered their baby girl before Kennedy died.
"Deputy Dunton lost his daughter. I saw her grow up. I’ve worked with him for 17 years and it’s like one of our children," Carroll said.
Newborn Kennedy Love Glass is still in the hospital, but on Tuesday, the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office is holding a baby shower to celebrate her life and raise money for their deputy, who is now raising his four grandkids.
"He’s well deserving of all the help he can get. I mean this is a life-changing situation for him; going from raising a kid to now being a dad to four young kids," deputy Michael Savage said.
Deputy James Dunton Jr. has been flooded with donations from co-workers and strangers for his grandchildren.
"Everything for him as far as clothing for the children finances for the children to help raise them," Deputy Sheriff Carol Canty said.
At the fundraiser, House of Ruth representative Lisa Nitsch will speak about domestic violence and the traumatic impact it has on kids.
"The children need support like tonight's event, but they are going to need this village of people forever," Nitsch said.
She trains officers like those in the Sheriff's Office on how to recognize and respond to intimate partner violence and says sometimes, it's not enough. The culture around relationships needs to change.
"Even with services like the House of Ruth, this happens. We have an 84-bed shelter that's always full and how do we really work toward creating a community where we have 84 empty beds?" Nitsch said.
She says the House of Ruth is there to help anyone with their shelter, hotline and legal services.
"If you’re not sure how to start a conversation with someone you think is being hurt and also if you’re not sure how to start of conversation with someone how you think is hurting, the House of Ruth is available to walk you through those things," Nitsch said.
The baby shower is Tuesday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is still time to make donations. Tickets are needed to attend. For more information, click here.