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Man Accused In Road Rage Shooting Of Toddler Kayden Swann Was Told There Was A Child In The Car Before Opening Fire, Prosecutors Say

A judge ordered Deandre Binion held without bail for his alleged role in the shooting, which left a 22-month-old toddler clinging to life on April 6.

Kayden Swann (right) was critically injured in a shooting on Lake Shore Drive Tuesday.

CHICAGO — Bond was denied Friday for a 25-year-old man accused of shooting a toddler during a road rage incident earlier this month.

Deandre Binion, 25, of the 11000 block of South Green Street in West Roseland, is charged with three felony counts of attempted murder and one felony count of aggravated battery with a firearm. 

Kayden Swann, now 22 months old, was shot April 6 in a road rage incident that began near 35th Street and Lake Shore Drive and ended with a shooting near Grant Park. 

Kayden was recently transferred out of intensive care and is breathing on his own, but is still being treated at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Kayden was in a car being driven by his grandmother’s then-boyfriend, Jushawn Brown, who was arrested and charged with felony gun charges later that day.

On Friday, Cook County prosecutor Kevin DeBoni said Binion was driving a dark-colored SUV with his girlfriend in the front seat April 6 when he ended up directly behind the car driven by Brown. Both cars were headed north on Lake Shore Drive.

Binion was trying to get around Brown’s car but was stopped by a merging lane at Roosevelt Road. At that point, Brown leaned out of his window and told Binion to “back off and that he had a child in the car,” DeBoni said.

Once the light turned green, Brown drove off at a high speed and Binion drove into the lane next to him and displayed a gun, DeBoni said.

“The defendant [Binion] dangled the gun towards the victims’ car,” DeBoni said.

Brown then “picked up the handgun that he had at his feet and displayed it to the defendant before putting it in his lap,” the prosecutor said.

Previously, prosecutors said Brown kept his gun on his lap and did not display it.

As the cars continued northbound past Roosevelt, Binion fired 4-5 shots from his SUV, prosecutors said. Binion then stopped in the middle of Lake Shore Drive, exited his SUV and fired an additional 4-5 shots as Brown tried to get away, DeBoni said.

An off-duty Chicago police officer witnessed the shooting and saw Brown drive away, making a sharp left on East Balbo Drive, DeBoni said, adding that Binion eventually made it onto the Kennedy Expressway.

DeBoni said a license plate reader on the expressway traced the SUV back to Enterprise car rental company and that it came back to Binion’s girlfriend. Additionally, after he was arrested, Binion was identified in a photo array by Brown and his Kayden’s grandmother, DeBoni said.

The SUV was processed by police after it was returned to Enterprise on April 8, but did not contain any shell casings or bullet holes. 

However, 10 shells were found at three different spots north of Roosevelt Road between 900-1040 South Lake Shore Drive, prosecutors said. Binion’s gun was found after a search warrant was issued for his girlfriend’s mother’s home, and the ammunition matched the shell casings found at the scene.

DeBoni also said what prosecutors said before — that there is no evidence that Brown fired his weapon.

After the shooting, Brown crashed into another car near Jackson and Lake Shore Drive before a good Samaritan drove them to Northwestern Hospital. Kayden was transferred to Lurie with a severe brain injury, requiring “full critical care support.”

Doctors placed him in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator. On Monday, hospital officials said Kayden was out of intensive care and making good progress.

Binion’s attorney, Michael Krejci, argued Friday for bail to be issued, pointing to the fact that Binion has no criminal record and that Brown’s girlfriend blamed him for the incident in a media interview after the incident.

Cook County judge Mary Marubio, however, cited the “troubling evidence” that Brown told Binion that he had a child in his car before Binion opened fire. His bail was denied.

Binion’s next court date is scheduled for April 30 in Skokie.

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