No bail for man charged in Lake Shore Drive shooting of injured toddler

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CHICAGO — The man accused of driving rage shooting toddler Kayden Swann on Lake Shore Drive earlier this month has been denied bail.

Deandre Binion, 25, was arrested just before noon on Tuesday in the 500 block of West Taylor Street. Police believe Binion fired into the vehicle toddler Kayden Swann was in, seriously injuring him.

Binion was charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of grievous bodily harm while discharging a firearm.

Police believe no one in the vehicle Swann was in ever discharged a firearm, despite initial witness statements. The weapon used in the shooting has been recovered, CPD Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said.

Prosecutors believe Binion fired four to five shots from his vehicle, which was an Enterprise rental car, then got out and fired four to five more shots at the vehicle Swann was in.

He was able to escape to the freeway, but authorities were able to identify him through a license plate reader on I-90/94. The vehicle was rented by Binion’s girlfriend, the bond offering says.

Binion was denied bail on Friday and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 30.

On Monday, doctors said Swann was “alert and active” and his progress was remarkable. He was first transported in a “very critical condition” after police responded to the scene in the 1000 block of South Lake Shore Drive on April 6.

Read Monday’s statement from the doctors below.

“After more than two weeks in intensive care, Kayden Swann, now 22 months old, was extubated and is breathing on her own with assistance.

He was transferred out of our pediatric intensive care unit. Kayden moves spontaneously and continues to be very responsive to treatment, alert and active. We are optimistic about his continued recovery.

We are delighted to report this very good result after such a serious head injury. He continues on a very positive trajectory, and I expect him to have a good road ahead of him. I am grateful to the expert surgeons, doctors, nurses and therapists who provided 24 hour trauma care in Kayden. Also, thank you to our team of social workers and Family Services staff for supporting Kayden’s family during this difficult time.

This is very good news for Kayden and his family, and for all of us as we battle ongoing incidents of gun violence.

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