- The Washington Times - Monday, October 21, 2002

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) A Martinsburg woman was arrested yesterday in connection with the shooting deaths of a 16-year-old mother and her infant child on a street in Frederick County, Md.
Sonya Marie Daniels, 25, was arraigned yesterday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court as a fugitive from justice in Maryland, where she was wanted on two counts of first-degree murder. No bond was set.
She is scheduled to appear in Berkeley County Circuit Court today for an extradition hearing.
Deanna Pritchard and her 5-week-old daughter, Mykayla, were shot in the street at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday near their home on Discovery Boulevard.
Miss Pritchard's brother, who neighbors said is about 8 or 9 years old, escaped unharmed, police said.
Each victim was shot once in the head at close range, said Frederick County State's Attorney Scott Rolle.
Mr. Rolle said the shooting wasn't related to the sniper slayings that had left nine dead in suburban Washington.
"We pretty much know what we're looking for," he said Saturday.
Miss Daniels was arrested at her home around 1:20 a.m. yesterday by Martinsburg police and Frederick County sheriff's detectives.
Police executed two search warrants, one for Miss Daniels' home and one for the vehicle she was driving when the shootings occurred.
Witnesses reported seeing Miss Pritchard arguing with someone in a green van, the Frederick News-Post said.
The woman in the van reportedly got out and shot Miss Pritchard, who dropped the baby. Witnesses said the woman then leaned down and shot the baby in the face.
A man across the street from the incident ran out of his house after hearing the two shots and attempted to follow the van, police said, but the pursuit ended when the woman reportedly pointed a handgun at him.
The victims' bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for autopsies, said Larry West, a forensic investigator.
Andrea Hosie, who knows the victims' family, said she was in disbelief over what happened.
"I've lived here all my life and never seen any shootings," she said. "I guess in any neighborhood there are problems, but I've never witnessed anything like this before. I was one of the first people on the scene, and I thought it was fireworks."

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