After consulting with doctors and nurses, the district attorneys office and the lawyer representing a man accused of attempted kidnapping at a north Macon elementary school agreed he should be released on his own recognizance.
Maduabuchi Christian Ogoh suffers from elevated salt levels that could cause confusion, said Keith Fitzgerald, his lawyer.
His behavior could easily have been explained by this salt condition, Fitzgerald said.
Ogoh was released from jail Friday and is receiving treatment at a local hospital, he said.
District Attorney David Cooke said he, like Fitzgerald, has been looking into Ogohs health since his bond hearing earlier this week.
In light of this new evidence, we are going to re-evaluate whether we should go forward, Cooke said Friday afternoon.
He said prosecutors will continue to gather and evaluate facts relevant to the case.
As conditions of his bond, Ogoh must surrender his passport and stay at home once he is released from the hospital unless accompanied by an adult family member. He also must stay away from elementary schools and child care facilities. He is banned from having contact with witnesses or alleged victims in the case, according to the order granting his bond.
Ogoh was arrested Oct. 23 after allegedly grabbing a 7-year-old student during dismissal at Springdale Elementary. He also is charged with two counts of false imprisonment stemming from allegations he forced a 13-year-old girl to sit next to him by pulling her toward him and that he pulled the 7-year-old toward the parking lot and away from the school. He also is charged with simple battery on allegations he grabbed the girls wrist twice and put his hand in her hair.
Gwenette Westbrooks, president of the Macon-Bibb County branch of the NAACP, said her organization was not pleased with the way Cooke handled this case.
We feel that a bond should have been set at the time of the bond hearing, she said.
The group held a news conference following the announcement of Ogohs release.
Writer Andres Lopez contributed to this report. Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.