Baby was in critical condition at hospital; still on a respirator
by St. John Barned-Smith
A 24-year-old Silver Spring man accused of abusing his infant son has been charged with attempted murder, Montgomery County police said Friday.
Adou Louis Kouadio, of Dilston Road, has been charged with attempted second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree child abuse.
Police said he abused his son so badly, the boy might have to be on a respirator for the rest of his life.
According to police, the abuse appears to have been a case of “shaken baby syndrome.”
“It’s very, very unfortunate and sad,” said Montgomery County Police Capt. Marcus Jones, chief of the department’s Major Crimes Division.
On Feb. 4, police learned that the boy, Amir Iman-Kouadio — who was born on Dec. 14 — was in Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in critical condition.
The boy didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing, police said.
A police news release said doctors discovered that the boy had head trauma, bleeding from his brain, and fractured ribs. The injuries were so severe, doctors told police that the boy would have to be on a ventilator the rest of his life if he survived, according to Montgomery County Police Officer Janelle Smith.
The boy is still on a respirator, Jones said.
Investigators said Iman-Kouadio’s mother put the boy to bed at about 9 p.m. on Feb. 3.
Early the next day, at around 2 a.m., the baby woke up crying. Kouadio cared for the boy and put him back to bed. According to Smith, that time frame is when the alleged abuse is believed to have taken place.
Police would not say what the alleged abuse was.
A short time after putting the boy back to bed, Kouadio checked on the baby and found blood coming from his nose, according to the news release.
Police are waiting to learn more from doctors about exactly what happened, Jones said.
“Whenever we have child abuse cases — unless we have confessions about exactly what happened — it’s based on doctors’ findings,” Jones said.
“We don’t have anything that suggests this was longstanding — from our point of view,” he said.
Kouadio told the boy’s mother what was happening and the parents called 911, according to police.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Kouadio on Thursday. Kouadio turned himself in Friday.
He was being held on $500,000 bail, according to online court records. His next court date is scheduled for March 21. A lawyer was not listed online.
Calls to his home and to other family members were not answered Friday afternoon.