Authorities announced Wednesday that a Baltimore police officer
was charged with the murder
of his 15-year-old stepson.
Dasan Jones' body
was discovered in a hole
in a bedroom wall on July 6, and Eric Banks was charged with first- and second-degree murder and child abuse
resulting in death
According to CBS Baltimore, Dasan's body was discovered after Anne Arundel County Police were called to Banks' home
to handle a dispute involving the teen
Despite Banks' claim that Dasan had left the house
without any belongings, the victim's body was discovered after the suspect agreed to a house search.
According to The Baltimore Sun, there was a scuffle when police detained Banks after he asked to say goodbye to his other children
while reaching for an officer's gun
and saying the officer was "going to have to end this."
Prosecutors also claimed that after his arrest
, Banks made "homicidal and suicidal" remarks, and he has been detained since.
Warren Brown, Banks' attorney, told the paper that his client told him he discovered Dasan's body in a bathtub and believed the teen committed suicide
“I understand that it appears to be a bad situation... but I want to know how he was asphyxiated,” Brown explained.
Banks was suspended without pay after being charged with a felony, and his police powers had already been suspended due to a previous incident, which investigators did not specify, according to the Associated Press
, Dasan's mother, had applied for two protective orders against her husband in recent weeks, alleging that he was stalking her; the first was denied by a judge
, but the second was obtained just hours before the teen was found dead.
Dasan, who had just completed his freshman year in the biomedical Allied Health
Program at Glenburnie High School
, was described as a "young man with a bright future" by Anne Arundel Police Chief Amal Awad.
According to CBS Baltimore, Awad said, "He took great pride
and excelled in his academics; he was a magnet
student and an accomplished violinist."
Banks' alleged actions were described by Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison as "not only deplorable, but shocking to the conscience."
“This is a classic example of why I have advocated for the autonomy and authority to terminate officers who are facing heinous criminal allegations,” he added.