Boyfriend of woman charged with abandoning baby faces new assault charge

WASHINGTON — The boyfriend of Sandra McClary — the mother charged with neglect and reckless endangerment for leaving her daughter in a car seat on an Anne Arundel County road — has been charged with assaulting McClary.

Charging documents filed in District Court say 26-year-old Cordell Lee Hall, of Baltimore, grabbed McClary’s wrist several times, and forcefully pushed her in the chest and head, on July 4th.

Hall was charged with second-degree assault Sunday.

In court earlier this week, McClary’s mother, Belinda Deberry testified Hall hit her repeatedly in the car. Deberry said McClary was the victim of domestic abuse, and drove away in fear for her life.

McClary’s bond was set at $500,000.

According to the charging papers, Hall argued several times with McClary because she got lost, as they drove to a party.

McClary told police she had to stop the car several times, after Hall grabbed her wrist.

After arguing, police say McClary removed the infant carrier from the car, and left the girl and Hall on the side of the road. Officials say the child was in the custody of care of McClary.

McClary told authorities she can never go home, because Hall will kill her.

The six-week-old baby girl was found near the 900 block of Druid Hill Avenue, in Pasadena, after 11 p.m. Saturday, July 4.

During the investigation, officers took a partial tag of a vehicle located in the area where the child was found. While questioning McClary, detectives discovered she was in the 900 block of Druid Hill Avenue and removed the child from the vehicle before leaving her.

Maryland court records show Hall pleaded guilty to assault in 2011, and sentenced to two years in jail.

A spokesperson for Anne Arundel County prosecutor Wes Adams says prosecutions will go forward against both McClary and Hall.

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