GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WDVM) — A 30-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday after a 2021 impaired driving crash that led to the death of her 9-month-old infant in Maryland.
Before 4:30 a.m. on April 4, 2021, Maryland State Police responded to a two-car crash on northbound Route 295, south of Route 100. Troopers found a Ford down a steep hill in the median on its side.
A Honda driven by Marlon J. King, 45, was involved in the crash but remained on the highway. King reported no injuries from the crash.
The investigation shows the driver of the Ford — identified as Talaya C. Martin of Severn, Maryland — lost control of her car just before passing King’s Honda. The Ford struck the Honda after veering to the right and traveling across both northbound lanes towards the median. Martin then continued into the median through a guardrail and down the hill after striking multiple trees.
Martin’s 9-month-old child, Ezekiel, was not secured in a car seat and was pronounced dead at the scene.
More than a year later, on Wednesday, May 25, a grand jury indicted Martin in connection with the crash. She was arrested the same day by the Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office
Martin was charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in death, negligent vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter, two counts of negligent vehicular homicide, second-degree child abuse, neglect of a minor, two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol while transporting a minor, driving with a suspended license, and driving on the highway without a license.
The Maryland woman was transported to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, where she is being held without bond.