Friday, September 11, 2009

Your Black News: Baby Killed over $20 and a Washer/Dryer Donation

By theGrio via AP

2:35 PM on 09/09/2009

Toddler killed in dispute over washer, dryer and $20

14-month-old Aundrea Brownlow, who died after being struck in the head with a baseball bat swung by a man attacking her father in church (AP Photo/Brownlow Family via Thy Kingdom Come World Ministries) Dave Kolpack, Associated Press Writer

WHEATON, Minn. (AP) -- Aundrea Brownlow's father says he's forgiven the man who came to Thy Kingdom Come World Ministries swinging a baseball bat that landed a fatal blow to the 14-month-old girl's head. Her death marked a tragic end to an argument over a $20 debt and a donated washer and dryer.

Still, some residents of Wheaton, a town of about 1,400 near Minnesota's border with the Dakotas, say greater scrutiny of the church and its pastor's criminal history are needed to prevent future confrontations.

David Collins, 50, of Wheaton, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in Aundrea's death last Thursday. He also faces charges of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault against her father, Claude Hankins.

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