BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A grand jury has declined to indict a 23-year-old Baton Rouge man for murder in the death of his 6-month-old son, Aiden, who showed signs of previous abuse, including having been burned in a scalding bath.
The East Baton Rouge Parish panel did, however, charge Curtis King Thursday with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
District Attorney Hillar Moore III Friday told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1gZ0Cws ) the cruelty charge covers alleged child abuse and neglect from May 31 to Nov. 6 — the day the baby was taken off life support. The coroner's office found Aiden asphyxiated while lying in an adult's bed.
The drug charge comes after police found marijuana in King's home Oct. 29 while responding to a report about an unresponsive child.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com