Suspect Held on $5 Million Bond in Stabbing Attack of Pregnant Teen in Kensington

Victim’s baby is in critical condition after being delivered during emergency surgery


Dakota Brothers

via Montgomery County police

The 18-year-old Aspen Hill man charged with stabbing a pregnant 19-year-old Wednesday in Kensington allegedly told police he tried to kill the woman because he wasn’t prepared to be a father.

District Court Judge James Sarsfield called the case “shocking” during a bail hearing Thursday in Rockville and ordered Dakota Brothers held on $5 million bond. Brothers is charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault.

Police wrote in court documents that Brothers allegedly choked the woman and stabbed her multiple times after having consensual sex with her in a wooded area of Kensington Wednesday afternoon.

Police arrived at the scene behind 3015 Upton Street around 3 p.m. to find the woman suffering from multiple stab wounds to her upper body and neck area. The woman, who was about six months pregnant at the time of the attack, was stabilized at the scene by emergency responders and then taken to MedStar Trauma Center in Washington, D.C. She is in serious, but stable condition, according to prosecutors.

The stab wounds resulted in the woman being forced to undergo emergency surgery, according to the charging documents, and a caesarean section was performed to deliver a baby girl. The baby is in critical condition in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the hospital, prosecutor Sherri Koch said.

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said it is unknown whether the baby will survive. He said Brothers may face additional charges if the girl dies.

The charging documents state Brothers told people multiple times prior to the assault that he didn’t want to have a child. On Wednesday afternoon, he set up the meeting with the woman and brought a green kitchen knife. After having sex with her, he assaulted her, according to police. Prosecutors said the two were not in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship at the time.

Brothers told police the he got scared during the assault and fled because he saw people whom he believed were affiliated with the MS13 gang and he was afraid they would assault him.

Public defender Katherine Mathews said Brothers is one of nine children who grew up in Montgomery County. She said he works part-time as a lifeguard and had never been charged with any crimes as a juvenile or adult. He turned 18 five days before the assault, Mathews said. She called the assault an “aberration and shock,” which prompted Sarsfield to respond, “It is shocking.”

Koch said Brothers admitted to police that he choked and stabbed the victim because he didn’t want the baby.

Police arrested Brothers Wednesday after he exited a bus near Palmira Lane in Wheaton. During the brief court hearing, Brothers only spoke via videoconferencing system from jail to introduce himself as “Dakota” and to say he understood the charges he was facing.

McCarthy said investigators have not found any evidence that Brothers was affiliated with any gang.

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