Drunk Driver that Killed 3-Month-Old in Waldorf Convicted of Negligent Homicide by Motor Vehicle

October 7, 2019
Michael Maurice Ford, 49, of Columbia

Michael Maurice Ford, 50, of Columbia

Tony Covington, State’s Attorney for Charles County, announced that on October 7, 2019, a Charles County jury, after a 6 day trial, convicted Michael Maurice Ford, 50, of the Grossly Negligent Manslaughter of infant Ethan Ruefly, Negligent Homicide by Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, and related charges.

Covington, commenting on the verdict, said, “I am disappointed – but not with the jury. The jury rendered a reasonable verdict, so I am fine with it. I am disappointed in the fact that this now convicted baby-killer is only facing 10 years — the maximum for killing someone while driving drunk— for this heinous crime. You can get 20 years for theft in Maryland but only 10 years for extinguishing a life — especially a 3-month-old child’s life. That simply isn’t right. It isn’t just. So, I’m disappointed in our lawmakers who refuse to fix this travesty by simply increasing the penalty for such crimes. I’m satisfied with the verdict but not the potential consequences for this terrible crime. The consequences are ridiculously light.”

On May 7, 2018, at approximately 3:48 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police responded to Southbound U.S. Route 301 at Pierce Road, Waldorf for the report of a serious multi-vehicle collision. Upon arrival, troopers observed a Freightliner with heavy front-end damage and a Jeep Wrangler with extreme rear end damage. Ford, the operator of the Freightliner, attempted to flee the scene of the incident prior to the arrival of the troopers; however, good Samaritans prevented him from leaving. Troopers also discovered 3-month-old Ruefly in a car seat by a tree next to U.S. Route 301. Ruefly, who appeared very pale and not breathing, was treated at the scene by EMS and then transported to Southern Maryland Hospital. Due to the severity of his injuries, Ruefly was flown to Children’s National Medical Center, where he later passed away.

At the scene of the incident, witnesses reported that Ford tried to hide beer cans that were in his vehicle. He also showed signs of impairment during Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. An intoximeter test was later conducted on Ford which revealed a .24 blood alcohol concentration level.

An investigation into the collision revealed that a Jeep Wrangler operated by Ruefly’s mother was coming to a stop behind a Nissan on Southbound Route 301 at Pierce Road prior to the collision. Ruefly was in his car seat in the backseat of the Jeep Wrangler, and his father was seated in the front passenger side. Ford, who was driving erratically behind the Jeep Wrangler, made no effort to stop his Freightliner and plowed into the Jeep Wrangler at a constant speed, causing it to strike the Nissan in front of it on the driver’s side. The Freightliner then struck the rear of the Nissan. Ruefly was taken out of the Jeep Wrangler to receive assistance.

Guilty

• Grossly Negligent Manslaughter with Vehicle
• Negligent Homicide by Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol
• Negligent Homicide by Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se
• Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
• Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Per Se

Michael Maurice Ford, 49, of Columbia

Michael Maurice Ford, 50, of Columbia

28 Responses to Drunk Driver that Killed 3-Month-Old in Waldorf Convicted of Negligent Homicide by Motor Vehicle

  1. Anonymous on October 7, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    This sentence is outrageous! He killed a baby for god’s sake!
    The state of Maryland is a freaking joke with DWI/DUI sentences!

    If you drive drunk, you turn your car into a weapon!
    He is a murderer! There is no other words to describe this low life POS!

  2. Coco on October 7, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    It isn’t right for a police officer to kill a innocent man and only get ten years either.

    • MG on October 8, 2019 at 10:44 am

      But yet your “HOMIES” kill your “HOMIES” and get smacked on the hand.. WTF does this have to do with this case !!!

    • fed up on October 8, 2019 at 10:44 am

      Who the hell is talking about a police officer?! I get what your saying and agree but we are talking about an innocent baby for Gods sake!!!! Either way you look at it….10 years for taking a life is NOT justice! Its a slap in the face of the victims family! Drug dealers get more than 10 years!

    • Anonymous on October 8, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      Coco, that has nothing to do with a drunk driver killing an innocent baby!

    • Anonymous on October 8, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      Very true, the unjust killing of anyone should result in one of two sentences; life in prison or the death penalty. Being a junkie or a drunk should not excuse anyone from the consequences of their actions. Neither of those excuses are any consolation to the family and friends of the dead person. Any intentional murder proven beyond any reasonable doubt should be given the death penalty and any reckless or negligent homicide should be given life. I am being very generous with reckless homicides if you ask me because the dead person was not given the same considerations. If the victims were given the opportunity to live life behind bars with free food, TV, gym, being able to talk to and see their loved ones, and other amenities I think they would have taken that over being dead.

    • Some people on October 8, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      Depends. If this “innocent man” is acting in a dangerous and threatening manner, and gets shot before committing a crime, what then? But we know the answer, what you are really saying is, cops shouldnt be allowed to shoot black men.

  3. BooBerry on October 7, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Thuggy thug looks remorseful, huh? Let’s see how Hagerstown welcomes him.

    • Chris on October 8, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      He’ll likely be sent to Jessup first and if he behaves himself, then he will be transferred to Hagerstown.

    • No name on October 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      This is a threat, and this makes you know better than what. Where are you at the trial

  4. Alexandria Occasionally Coherrent on October 8, 2019 at 7:46 am

    We need to stop putting people in prison, and start closing the prisons. There are other, more just ways of punishing people that dont involve locking them in a cage. Cages are racism. Vote Liberal if you want to abolish prisons

    • anonymous on October 8, 2019 at 10:46 am

      Cages are racism?!!?!?!? HAHAAHHAAH! I have heard everything now. If you don’t do the crime you won’t have to worry about doing the time! Have to get these thugs off the street somehow! Let them move in with you…how bout that?!

    • Anonymous on October 8, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      Wait!! What???? There are more guilty people in prison. Sorry to inform you but prisons will be around no matter how you vote.

    • Look up, its going over your heads on October 9, 2019 at 8:22 am

      Amazing how stupid some people are. You saw the comment, saw the name of the person who posted it, and didnt get the sarcasm/joke. I dont know if that impresses me or terrifies me.

    • No name on October 9, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      What ways are those. I agree they don’t need to cage them. They are already locked up in their own headed. When does rehabilitation start that’s why the prisons are full because we don’t give them anything in their brain except for the drama they already have

    • Chris on October 10, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      Obviously, there are a lot of people out there that wouldn’t understand sarcasm if it slapped them in the face. The person’s comment was a JOKE!

  5. Anonymous on October 8, 2019 at 7:53 am

    six days ??? what… took that long to clear his breath !!!!

  6. Anonymous on October 8, 2019 at 8:47 am

    This scumbag should be facing at least 25 years.

  7. Queen of the Iron Throne on October 8, 2019 at 8:52 am

    This is a great example of the failure of the democrats that control the Maryland State legislature, (and have for years)

    • Anonymous on October 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      vote republican before charles county becomes the next baltimore.

    • Steny Hoyer on October 8, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      I disagree, this isnt a failure at all. This is exactly what we want. This is their success coming to fruition. A black man made a horrendous decision, killed another person (in this case a 3 month old), and will be back on the street in no time. Soon to follow will be allowing him to vote while in prison. We want to abolish punishment for black criminals, because thats easier than convicinging them that committing crimes is the wrong way to behave

  8. Anonymous on October 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    prayers and thoughts

  9. Anonymous on October 8, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Thoughts and and prayers to all involved

  10. Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Look at those souless eyes. He looks so remorseful…NOT. Should just get rid of him and save us taxpayers some money. Worthless animal. He killed a baby for Christs sake…

    • Anonymous on October 9, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      And he most likely will kill again once (if) he gets out!

  11. Sincere on October 10, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    20 years for theft and 10 for murder…my heart goes out to the family. This man should be doing no less than 20 years.

  12. Anonymous on October 12, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    This election, we will probably have some judges on the ballot. Judges preside at trials & do sentencing. It is unfortunate that appeals court judges are on the ballot as yes/ no, its not acceptable. The other judges are appointed by the judicial nominating commission, whose proceedings are private, and, without explanation, they select a few finalists which make it up to the governor’s desk for approval. We should not, as a rule, select, or vote for, who was appointed by the governor. We should be open to others that are on the ballot which didn’t get selected. It is not acceptable that we are not given a reason that the finalists are who they are & that the Governor chose who he chose. We should have reasons, not biographies, or, not just biographies. What should be asked is: are the sentences excessive? An excessive sentence is not just measured in time, its whether the convicted can easily recover from their sentences, recover and get their life back together without undue hardship. If the convicted can’t, their point is valid. If 2 disagree as to whether the convicted have been given an excessive sentence, the opinion of the convicted is valid.