15-month-old dies from injuries mom says were caused by child's uncle

Published: Apr. 9, 2018 at 2:23 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 10, 2018 at 6:25 PM EDT
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Recardo Woods (Source: Hamilton County Jail)
Recardo Woods (Source: Hamilton County Jail)
Recardo Woods in court. (FOX19 NOW)
Recardo Woods in court. (FOX19 NOW)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A 15-month-old passed away Monday after a relative was accused of injuring her and her sister, officials say.

Kassidy Smith died at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, according to the Hamilton County Coroner. Kassidy's 4-month-old sister, Korri, remains in the hospital.

The toddler's cause of death is listed as "apparent homicide." Her uncle, Recardo Woods, is charged with felonious assault in connection with the incident.

Woods, 19, "knowingly caused physical harm" to the girl on April 7, court documents show.

Danielle Stallworth says her young daughters were hurt while staying at their grandmother's home.

The grandmother left the children with Woods, a relative said Sunday. When she returned, both babies were injured.

Woods was arrested and appeared in court Monday.

"I don't want no bond. My daughter is not going to make it," Stallworth cried out during the brief court hearing. "She's not… I have to take her off life support when I leave here."

Woods' bond was set at $500,000.

"Investigation determined that victims suffered life-threatening injuries as caused by the suspect," a Cincinnati police report shows.

Woods' attorney, Clyde Bennett said Kassidy was injured before she was dropped off.

Bennett said Kassidy was inactive and slept for most of the day while in Woods' care, which he said is typical of a child with injuries. He claims several different people could have hurt the child including the mother's sister or someone at the baby's day care.

"It's really not clear at this stage of the legal process what actually caused the child's injuries, when the injuries occurred, who was in the care or the supervision of the child when the injuries occurred. So, these types of questions need to be answered before you point the finger at Mr. Woods," he said.

In court, prosecutors said Woods admitted one backhanded strike to Kassidy and nothing to her sister.

"As if the death of a child is not enough when it's a family member who's accused of causing that death it just makes it worse," FOX19 NOW Legal Analyst Mile Allen said.

Allen said he could see the felonious assault charge getting upgraded to murder.

"Oh, I don't have any doubt that the prosecutor will now indict for murder. It's just a matter of doing what's called a superseding indictment," he said.

"This is Hamilton County, this is Cincinnati. Of course they're going to be upgraded. He's going to be charged with murder," Bennett said.

Korri sustained serious injuries but is expected to survive.

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