April 7, 1995 in Nation/World

Suspect Arrested In Toddler’s Death No Charges Filed Yet As Authorities Await Autopsy Results

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A convicted baby killer suspected in the death of a Spokane toddler was found Thursday morning walking along a road near Reardan, Wash.

Kenneth Galloway, 27, was taken to the Lincoln County Jail and later returned to Spokane.

The former game warden at Fort Lewis had driven his sports car into a ditch about 10 miles north of Reardan.

Police had been looking for Galloway since Tuesday night, when the child he had been baby-sitting died.

The boy’s mother, Sara Erb, called paramedics when she returned to her Browne’s Addition apartment after a volleyball game and found her son, Devon Erb, alone and unconscious. Detectives ruled the death a homicide and said the baby suffered apparent trauma.

Thursday afternoon, police brought Galloway to the Public Safety Building and interviewed him. He was booked into jail for leaving Spokane County without first notifying parole officers.

He was not charged in the death of the 2-year-old.

“We don’t have a cause of death, and until we have a cause of death, we don’t have enough for our case,” Sgt. Jim Lundgren of the homicide unit said. “All I can say is we have talked to him and he is in jail.”

In 1990, Galloway pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of his infant son, Kenneth Jamal Galloway, and was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault for abusing his 6-month-old twin sons in 1989.

Galloway’s infant son, who was 2 months old, showed signs of shaken-baby syndrome, in which shaking causes blood vessels in the head to rupture.

In 1993, Galloway was transferred from Walla Walla to the Airway Heights Corrections Center, where he later was enrolled in a work release program at Cornelius House. He was released in September of last year.

Erb did not work at Cornelius House, as reported in Thursday’s Spokesman-Review.


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