UPDATE 5/4: Jury Recommends Maximum Sentence for Child's Murder at Unlicensed Care Center

Updated 5/4
From today's Metro section:

A Fairfax County jury took less than 15 minutes yesterday to recommend the maximum 40-year prison sentence for a man convicted of killing a 21-month-old boy last fall.

Mohammad A. Ahmad, 24, was in his rented Kingstowne townhouse Sept. 12, watching three small children while his wife, who ran a home day-care center, was out doing errands. When the wife returned several hours later, Myles Simon was lying dead in a bedroom, witnesses said. A medical examiner said Myles had suffered severe blows to the head that probably killed him instantly.

The jury found Ahmad guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday, then returned to consider a sentence in the range of five to 40 years. Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Leslie M. Alden will sentence Ahmad June 14. The judge can impose or reduce the 40-year term.

-- Tom Jackman

Updated 5/3
From today's Metro Section:

A Fairfax County man whose wife left him alone to supervise a handful of small children at her day-care business for several hours last fall was convicted of second-degree murder yesterday in the beating death of a 21-month-old boy.

Myles Simon was in a day-care center that Jillian Ahmad ran out of her rented townhouse in Kingstowne. On Sept. 12, she left Myles and two other children in the care of her husband, Mohammad Ahmad, 24. When Jillian Ahmad returned several hours later, Myles was dead. A medical examiner testified that the toddler had probably died instantly from two severe blows to the head and had suffered severe internal injuries from blows to the stomach.

Mohammad Ahmad fled and was arrested three days later near La Guardia Airport in New York. He did not testify at the three-day trial. The jury deliberated less than four hours and will return today to consider a jail sentence in the range of five to 40 years.

-- Tom Jackman

Updated 9/18
Ahmad was arrested on Friday.

Originally posted 9/14
Mohammad Ahmad, 24, is being sought by police in the death of 21-month-old Myles Simon of the Alexandria section of the county.

Mohammad Ahmad is being sought by County Police in the death of a child. (Fairfax County Police Dept.)

Today's Metro section has the story of Simon's death at an unlicensed day care center being run by by Ahmad's wife out of the couples' apartment.

By Focus on Fairfax |  May 3, 2007; 10:21 AM ET  | Category:  Crime
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