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Pronounced dead by the cops, she lives

March 24, 2014

Gregory HiltonWashingtonNews of the first murder in five days in Baltimore came after 6 p.m. on Saturday, a woman on the 6000 block of Amberwood Road stabbed to death. The Sun‘s Justin George tweeted it out, relying on a police spokesman. Soon after the Sun had the story in an unbylined piece on its website.

Here’s the police email on the incident:

Date / Time: 22 March 14 1:32pm
Location: 6000 block of Amberwood Rd

On 22 March 14 at approx 1:32 pm officers responded to the 6000 block of Amberwood Rd, where they found an adult female suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was immediately transported to an area hospital. Despite medical efforts she died as a result of her injuries. Officers were able to locate a suspect and take that person into custody. Homicide detectives are currently investigating and ask that anyone with information please contact their office at 410-396-2100.

But the woman did not die.

The next morning came the corrected email.

The initial information received from police communications was that the victim of this incident had died. This information was incorrect. It was believed by the primary officers that because of the severity of her injuries that the victim would die. At that point, our homicide detectives were then assigned the task of investigating this incident. Thanks to the efforts of the medical staff the victim is now listed in critical but stable condition. The suspect for this incident has been placed under arrest.

Our focus is on providing information as quickly and accurately as possible. Clearly there was a breakdown in the communication process which led to this error. While we look internally to see what happened and what corrective steps we can take please know that we apologize for the error and any inconvenience that it has caused.

Police arrested Gregory Hilton-Washington, 21, in the police photo above. He was charged with attempted murder. The Sun now has the updated story.

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