Investigators with the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit have been able to identify the mother of an infant who was found in a pile of trash on December 21 and are asking for the public’s assistance in locating her.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Patricia “Dina” Crawley in connection with leaving a newborn baby girl on the street in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city on December 21, 2011. The baby was found in a cardboard box on the street near a day care center. The infant was only a few hours old — with the umbilical cord still attached — and she was covered in blankets lying in the box. Two men, Robert Taylor and Homer Keller were cleaning the area when one of them picked up the box to place it near a trash pile and heard the baby start to cry. Police were immediately notified and the baby was rushed to St. Christopher’s Hospital to undergo evaluation. Hospital staff named the five and a half pound infant Noel.
Anyone with information regarding Crawley should contact the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3265.
In an unrelated criminal investigation, police arrested a man on Tuesday who shot and killed a neighbor because the neighbor complained about the waste on his lawn by the suspect’s two dogs.
Tyrirk Harris, 27, from the 6500 block of Torresdale Avenue was arrested for the murder of 47-year-old Franklin Manuel Santana. Police were called following a report of shooting, and found the victim lying on the porch suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his face and chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene by responding medics. Harris is charged with murder, weapons offenses and related charges.
According to investigators, witnesses told police that the victim had just arrived home from work and saw Harris’ two dogs, a German shepherd and Chihuahua, defecating on his front lawn. When Santana asked Harris to clean up the mess, Harris allegedly threatened him and then took out a 9mm pistol and shot him in the face before allegedly firing several more times.
In another unrelated criminal investigation police are looking for a motive and suspects in a deadly shooting that happened in the Germantown section of the city on Monday.
Officers from the 14th Police District were called to the 5800 block of Baynton Street just after 3 a.m. on February 13. The victim has been identified as Quentin Rollins, 25, of the 500 block of Washington Lane. Rollins was found suffering from gunshot wounds to the arm and chest. He was rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 3:40 a.m.