In the cases of these two teen killers it’s extremely hard to believe there weren’t any warning signs of just how violent they could really be. Are these kids just born screwed up or were they abused themselves? Were their actions a cry for help? Should these teens be charged as adults? Is there any hope for rehabilitation when they are placed in adult prisons for the rest of their lives? Let’s examine the two teen murder cases of Ronald Hinton and Brian Lee Wonsom.
On June 21 2006 a frantic call came into the 911 dispatch center.
“Come here with an ambulance quick! My little cousin fell on the porch, hit her head, she ain’t getting up! Come on, hurry up!”
The caller was the babysitter 15 year old Ronald Hinton of the 2900 block of Goodwood Road in northeast Baltimore and when medics got on the scene they found 4 year old Ja’Niya Ebony Williams unresponsive with obvious injuries to her face not consistent with a fall like the caller claimed. Her swollen face was black and blue, her lower lip was busted, the child had bite marks on her chest and thighs and she was covered in bruises especially on her thighs and back. She was rushed to John Hopkins Hospital where doctors found injuries to her vaginal area, a bite on her nipple, old bite marks on her chest and older bruises on her body. When questioned by police, Ronald changed his story repeatedly at first saying Ja’Niya fell while jumping on the bed. Then he switched it up and said she hit her head on the ground. Eventually he confessed to not only beating her with a belt but raping and peforming oral sex on the child. Ja’Niya never regained consciousness and died of brain injuries two days later. Charged as an adult with first degree murder, Ronald confessed and was convicted after a jury deliberated for only four hours. He received a sentence of life plus 25 years and is an inmate at the maximum security prison Northbranch Correctional Institution.
BRIAN LEE WONSOM
65 year old Hannah Wheeling from Bel-Air loved books and teaching underprivileged kids how to read and better themselves. She drove the 75 mile commute to work at the Cheltenham Youth Facility in Prince George’s county where she worked in the Murphy Cottage with kids who were considered not too dangerous and more ready to be rehabilitated. She was planning to retire but on February 17 2011 at 7:45am a staff member found her body in a pile of snow outside her building. She was partially clothed and had been beaten with a concrete block and strangled with the chain that held her Department of Juvenile Services ID tag. Pronounced dead at the scene when medics arrived, an autopsy later found semen in her mouth and determined that she died from multiple blunt force trauma. When a shirt belonging to 13 year old Brian Lee Wonsom from Laurel was found close to her body with her blood on it, he was arrested. Further DNA tests linked him to blood and semen found on her body and be became the youngest person to be charged as an adult with first degree murder in Prince George’s County. Brian had been at the facility because he had been convicted of breaking and entering and Ms. Wheeling was his teacher. Scheduled to go to trial in 2012 Brian has yet to be convicted or sentenced but he faces a maximum sentence of life without parole.
For more articles on notorioius teen murderers in Maryland click on the link below: