An attempted murder charge has been dropped for a Silver Spring man accused of abusing his infant son so severely the child had bleeding on his brain and was put on a respirator.
But authorities will prosecute Adou Louis Kouadio, 25, on first- and second-degree child abuse charges.
“The elements of attempted murder were not quite met and our office decided not to go forward on that charge,” Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office, told Gazette.Net.
The child, Amir Iman-Kouadio, suffered head trauma and bleeding in his brain and had earlier rib fractures, according to investigators’ documents filed in court and reported by The Washington Post. The boy was on a ventilator at Children’s National Medical Center in the District, and police were told he might require the ventilator the rest of his life.
On Thursday, Korionoff said the three-month-old was “alive and surviving well.”
Kouadio had been a star football player at Springbrook High School, also in Silver Spring; had worked as a lifeguard; and more recently was the infant’s full-time caregiver during the day, according to court records and a family member.
He is being held in Montgomery County Detention Center on $500,000 bail.