Two Indicted by Grand Jury for Death of 9 Month Old

HAGERSTOWN – In April of 2021 Officers of the Hagerstown Police Department responded to the 300 block of S. Mulberry St for an unresponsive baby.

Ashley Nicole Franklin
William Antonio Conyers

Officers immediately began CPR and the child was taken to Meritus Medical Center. Life saving efforts continued at the hospital but the 9 month old female was pronounced deceased. The child’s body was sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy. An investigation by HPD detectives was immediately opened. The investigation spanned several months while investigators waited on the autopsy results. The results were returned from the Medical Examiner’s Office on October 6th of 2021. The report listed the baby’s cause of death as “complications of malnutrition” and “neglect.” Manner of death is listed as homicide. In accordance with these results and with evidence gathered during the investigation, the case was presented to the Grand Jury of Washington County on 10/19/21. Ashley Nicole Franklin (mother) age 34 of Hagerstown and William Antonio Conyers (father), age 27 of Hagerstown were indicted on the below charges. Appropriate charges were determined with the assistance of the Washington County’s State’s Attorney’s Office. Two other children, ages 6 and 13, belonging to Franklin were removed from the home at the time of the child’s death. They were placed with appropriate family members and were in good health. HPD would like to thank the Department of Social Services and the Child Advocacy Center for their assistance with this case. Franklin was arrested on 10/25/21 and is charged with the following:1st Degree Child Abuse (Death)1st Degree Child Abuse (Severe Physical Injury)Involuntary ManslaughterNeglect of a MinorConyers has not yet been located. We are seeking the public’s assistance as to his whereabouts. Anyone with information can contact Det. Fleegal at tfleegal@hagerstownpd.org or call 240-313-4345 to immediately report Conyers. He has been charged with the following:1st Degree Child Abuse (Sever Physical Injury)Neglect of a Minor