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Woman Dies After Car Stolen With Baby Inside

September 9, 1992

SAVAGE, Md. (AP) _ Two suspected hijackers have been charged in the death of a woman who was dragged several miles after her car was stolen with her 2-year-old daughter inside, police said.

Pamela Basu, 34, was taking her daughter to preschool Tuesday when she was forced from behind the wheel at a stop sign near her home, police said. The two hijackers climbed into Basu’s BMW and drove off with the child, police said.

They stopped briefly about a half mile away and threw the child out of the car, still in her car seat, witnesses said. The child was not injured, said Detective Mike Sherman of the Howard County Police Department.

Ms. Basu either grabbed onto the car or her clothing was caught as the men drove away, police said. She was dragged for several miles before the driver apparently ran into a fence to dislodge her, police said.

The hijackers crashed the car and fled on foot after being spotted by police about 1 1/2 -hours later, about six miles from the scene of the abduction, police said. One was captured immediately and the other a short time later with the aid of a police helicopter, police said.

Rodney Eugene Soloman, 27, and Bernard Eric Miller, 16, both of Washington, D.C., were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery and felony theft. Solomon was the driver, police said.

Catherine Nehring, a neighbor who witnessed the incident, said she ″noticed something was dragging out the driver’s side rear door.

″It looked in my mind like ... it was one of those dummies that they stuff up for Halloween,″ Nehring said. ″The idea of a body just didn’t come to mind.″

Ms. Nehring said she found the child on the street, took the girl into her home and called police.

″She was crying a little, but not a lot,″ Ms. Nehring said. ″I think she was in shock and didn’t know what was going on.″

Police said Soloman and Miller attempted to steal another car from a highway rest area shortly before they stole Ms. Basu’s car, but were unable to start it.

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