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Father of unborn son charged with killing pregnant woman and toddler, leaving them in car in Southwest Baltimore

A man has been arrested and charged with fatally shooting a woman pregnant with his unborn son and killing her 3-year-old daughter, leaving them dead in her car parked in a Southwest Baltimore neighborhood.

24-year-old Devon Sample gunned down Shinad Miller, who was eight months pregnant with his baby, police wrote in the charging documents. Sample also allegedly shot and killed Miller’s 3-year-old daughter Shaniya Gilmore.

Police found Miller and her daughter shot to death Friday afternoon inside her gray Subaru. The car was parked in the 200 blocks of Boswell Road in the Westgate neighborhood. Neighbors had noticed the woman inside and called police, worrying she might have overdosed.

Officers recovered 9 mm shell casings outside the Subaru and on the backseat. In charging documents, officers wrote that they checked police databases and found the same Subaru had been stopped about a mile away last month with Sample behind the wheel. He was pulled over for allegedly driving without insurance or registration, among other traffic offenses.

On Friday, the police went to Sample’s home in the 4800 blocks of Melbourne Road and spoke to his grandmother. According to charging documents, she told officers that Miller and her daughter had been over Thursday evening.

 

“When asked for Mr. Sample’s whereabouts, she advised officers that Mr. Sample was not home,” police wrote. The officers told her they were obtaining a warrant to search the house. “After being advised this by police, she advised officers that Mr. Sample was on the second floor,” they wrote.

Sample was arrested and taken for a police interview. Officers also recovered surveillance cameras from the crime scene. The footage showed that around 11 p.m. Thursday, a black BMW pulled into the block, followed by Miller’s Subaru.

Online court records show Sample has a drug case pending in Baltimore County, but no other criminal record.

Miller’s mother, Sheree Reid, stated her granddaughter was preparing to start prekindergarten. Reid said the family was planning a baby shower for Miller.

Neighbors said they heard the gunshots late Thursday. One woman said she noticed the Subaru parked Friday morning with its windows down. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous out of concern for her safety, said she pulled alongside the car and saw Miller, but thought she was asleep.

About an hour and a half later, the woman pulled up and blew her horn, but Miller didn’t move. The neighbor said she leaned in and called, “Miss, Miss, Miss.” Realizing something was wrong, the woman called 911.

Saturday afternoon, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison released a statement commending officers for their hard work and the quick arrest.

“This is a tragic situation where family and friends are left suffering and mourning over the loss of loved ones,” he said. “I can only pray that family and friends of the victims and our city can begin the healing process.”

Sample is currently being held at the Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Center and has been charged with 16 counts ranging from first-degree murder of the mother and girl to committing a crime of violence against a pregnant person. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for August 4th.

Lester Davis, a spokesman for Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, said the mayor was “devastated and heartbroken” by the killings. Davis said the police and the mayor’s office “took it very hard and very serious to try to identify someone and bring justice.”

This year, 151 people have been killed in Baltimore, according to police statistics. Twenty-three people have been killed this month, and 39 people in May, which was the deadliest month since 2015.

Detectives continue to investigate the killings of Miller, her daughter, and her unborn son. Anyone with information can call police at 410-396-2100.

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