Office of the State's Attorney

Worcester County, Maryland

Pocomoke City Man Charged with Murder of Child

A 3-year-old boy who was "playful" and "happy" on Saturday was unresponsive on Sunday and pronounced dead on Tuesday.

His uncle is charged in his death.

That's according to charging documents, which allege the boy, who was not named in court records, was under the care of Kevin M. Sewell on Sunday, before he was found unresponsive.

Sewell, 27, of Pocomoke City, faces charges of second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse dating back to Sunday.

It's not detailed in charging documents exactly how Sewell is alleged to have injured the child. But according to charging documents, the child suffered brain swelling, bruising in different areas of his body, an abdominal hematoma and bite marks on his shoulders.

"Dr. Foley advised that the injuries were caused by an adult and the mechanism of the injury could be blunt force trauma, shaken baby syndrome, and/or strangulation or choking," charging documents read. Dr. C. Foley is a doctor at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia.

According to charging documents, Dr. Suzanne Starling said the boy's injuries would have been inflicted between the time of his last meal and when he became unresponsive.

"The minor child suffered a fatal brain injury and a fatal abdominal injury," charging documents read. "Dr. Starling indicated either injury would have led to the minor child's death."

Kevin Sewell is not related to Pocomoke City Police Chief Kelvin Sewell, Kelvin Sewell said.

An attorney at the Office of the Public Defender in Snow Hill expressed via another staff member that with the case pending, it was inappropriate to comment at this time.

The Worcester County State's Attorney's Office put out a news release about the incident. Prosecutor William McDermott said he wouldn't be able to release any further information beyond what was in the release at this time, including the name of the victim and the town in which he lived.

"While certain details of the investigation cannot be released at this time, The Office of the State's Attorney can confirm that the child was left in the care of Kevin Sewell who is the minor's uncle," State's Attorney Beau Oglesby said in a statement in the release. "It was during this time that the child received multiple injuries that resulted in the child being placed on life support."

The boy died Tuesday at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, the statement read.

The child abuse investigation was initiated by the Accomack County Sheriff's Office, charging documents read.

The boy's mother brought her son from Virginia to his aunt and uncle's home on Oxford Street in Pocomoke City on Saturday, charging documents state.

The boy's aunt, who does not appear to be facing any charges, fed the boy breakfast at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday and then left for work at about 7 a.m., charging documents state. Kevin Sewell was watching the boy from about 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is when Cpl. Clark of the Maryland State Police believes the fatal injuries were inflicted on the boy, charging documents state.

The aunt brought the boy home at about 4 p.m. Sunday, charging documents state. The boy was unresponsive and first brought to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox and then to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, according to charging documents.

Cellphone records are also part of the investigation.

"Investigation from these records revealed numerous text messages that corroborated findings of the investigation," charging documents state.

Kevin Sewell has a bail review scheduled in District Court in Snow Hill for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, according to court records.