Autopsy in suspected murder case concludes 2-year-old in Charlotte was abused

Two-year-old A'dan Blackmon died June 8, 2017.
Two-year-old A'dan Blackmon died June 8, 2017. Richmond Funeral Home

A 2-year-old boy who died this summer in Charlotte was most likely killed by abuse or physical assault after suffering blunt force trauma to his head, according to a Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report.

Officials released the autopsy results Monday for 2-year-old A’dan Blackmon, who died in June. The autopsy report details extensive bruising and injuries to A’dan’s head, face and body.

Police have charged his mother’s boyfriend with murder.

Following his arrest, Christopher Sims, 25, said he did not harm A’dan and plans to fight the allegations in court. His attorney could not be reached this week.

The autopsy report does not name Sims but says A’dan was with his mother’s boyfriend when he was injured. Police say A’dan’s mother told detectives Sims was taking care of her son the day he was severely injured and went to the hospital. In the autopsy document, the Mecklenburg County Examiner’s Office notes a report from an unspecified sourced that A’dan was at the park and hit his head on a rock but doctors concluded A’dan was injured due to “inflicted trauma.”

Sims told police detectives in June that A’dan had fallen three times during the day before he went to the hospital.

Doctors told detectives they believed A’dan’s injuries weren’t caused by accidental falls. A’dan underwent emergency surgery on June 7 in Charlotte but died the next day.

In the months before A’dan died, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services had been investigating possible abuse in his home, the Charlotte Observer reported in June. A’dan’s mother had taken the child to Carolinas Medical Center in April, saying her son had fallen off his bed and was injured.

Social workers went to the family’s home twice and worked with A’dan’s mother to improve safety in the bedroom. At the time, department officials say they did not find evidence of abuse.

Mecklenburg County DSS is conducting an internal review on A’dan’s case to see if employees followed all policies and procedures. A state-mandated child fatality review is also pending, which will likely take months to complete.

Anna Douglas: 704-358-5078, @ADouglasNews