Montgomery County Police have arrested and charged a 22-year-old father with the murder of his five-month-old baby boy in June.
According to police, Austin Ahimbisibwe, 22, of the 19500 block of Crystal Rock Drive in Germantown was babysitting his five-month-old son, Hudson, while the baby’s mother was at work on June 23. When the baby would not stop crying, police say, Ahimbisibwe covered the baby’s mouth with his hand, grabbed the boy by his neck and face, and shook the infant in an effort to get him to stop crying.
The investigation by detectives revealed that on June 23 at approximately 10:40 am, the Emergency Communication Center received a 9-1-1 call from Austin Ahimbisibwe who stated that he was performing CPR on his five-month-old son, Hudson Ahimbisibwe, who was not breathing. 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the home. Hudson Ahimbisibwe was transported to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he was pronounced deceased.
On June 24, an autopsy was performed by the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. On October 9, the medical examiner ruled Hudson’s death a homicide caused by head, neck, and upper body trauma, according to police.
Investigators learned that Hudson’s mother and Ahimbisibwe did not reside together and that on June 23 at approximately 6:25 am, Hudson’s mother left him in the care of Ahimbisibwe at his home while she was at work. Hudson’s mother further stated that Hudson was in good health when she left him in Ahimbisibwe’s care.
According to MCPD, on Friday, Oct. 14, detectives interviewed Ahimbisibwe, and he stated to investigators that he became frustrated when Hudson would not stop crying. Ahimbisibwe further stated to detectives that he grabbed Hudson by the neck and face, covered Hudson’s mouth with his hand, and shook Hudson, all in an effort to stop Hudson from crying.
Ahimbisibwe was arrested and transported to the Central Processing Unit where he was charged with 2nd-degree murder and 1st-degree child abuse, resulting in death. Amimbisibwe is currently being held on a $2.5 million bond.
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