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She survived her father's vicious attack as an infant. 43 years later, she wasn't so lucky, according to new charges

Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun on

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BALTIMORE -- When Dominique Foster was just 7-months-old, her father threw her through a glass door.

Now, more than four decades later, Baltimore Police have again arrested her father, Lawrence Banks, and this time they've charged him with her murder.

Foster, a 43-year-old mother of six, was discovered on May 12, her dismembered body hidden in garbage outside a dumpster in Northwest Baltimore. Her head, hands, feet, and lower legs were all missing and have not been recovered, police said. She was identified only after the department released photos of her tattoos that were later recognized by family members.

Banks remains at the city jail, where he has been since being charged with illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition in late May. During a search of his apartment on May 29, police found blood and a gun. They didn't charge him with the killing then, but the police documents hinted that more charges would come.

The murder charges have brought relief to family members, who say they feared Banks, now 65. He was previously convicted of killing his son and a friend, and has been questioned in other family members' deaths over the last 40 years. They say they long-predicted Foster's grim fate.

"Dominique knew if she left this world, it would be by her dad," her husband, Willie Foster said this week.


Banks killed his 17-year old son back in 1991. That same day, he gunned down a friend, but served only a decade in prison after being awarded "good time credits," court records show.

It's unclear what evidence police might have recently recovered that prompted the new murder charges against Banks, though court documents in the firearms case show investigators had suspected Banks since the May 29 search of his apartment.

Those documents detailed their investigation into Foster's death. They said officers interviewed a neighbor who heard some arguing on the night of May 10. A security camera video from that day obtained by police showed a man with a limp in a white jacket and hoodie wheeling a shopping cart toward the lot where Foster was found.

"The team of detectives that worked on this case were simply relentless. There's no substitute for solid detective work, which is exactly what led to an arrest," Homicide Major Christopher Jones said in a statement.


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