A mother has been charged with torture and aggravated child abuse following the death of her 3-year-old son Tuesday, North Miami Police said Tuesday night.
Police spokesman Maj. Neal Cuevas said Fafane Caze, 21, faces the charges in the death of the boy, who police said was found with signs of severe trauma and sexual abuse Tuesday morning.
She was being held on $50,000 bond Wednesday morning, jail records showed. She’s expected to be in court later in the day.
Police said Caze’s son – identified as Ghanson Debrosse in Department of Children and Families records – died at least two hours before she called 911.
“The child also showed signs of severe trauma over every inch of its body, including indications that the child might have been burned sometime in the past,” Cuevas said earlier Tuesday.
The boy had been taken to Jackson North Hospital from his home at 12501 Northeast 13th Ave. and was later pronounced dead, Cuevas said.
After hours of questioning, Caze went into a North Miami Police patrol car in handcuffs Tuesday night, headed for jail.
Detectives described Caze as cold, and said she originally stuck to the story that Ghanson was hurt in Haiti two weeks ago. But Tuesday night, she made a full confession, police said.
More serious charges may be pending, but the police department is awaiting the autopsy report, Cuevas said.
The Department of Children and Families was also interviewing Caze. In addition, detectives questioned one of Caze’s other children, Cuevas said.
According to Cuevas, the mother also has a 1-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl. The mother told detectives the 3-year-old was injured and abused in Haiti, where his father lives, Cuevas said.
“The mother is claiming that the abuse occurred in Haiti, although some signs of trauma appear to be fresh and the father is also in Haiti. These are the claims the mother is making,” Cuevas said earlier in the day.
Cuevas said the girl also showed signs of abuse, but the 1-year-old did not. The 1-year-old was found with friends of the mother’s, and once police found him, the people were not cooperative with them.
The investigation is ongoing, Cuevas said.
DCF said it has a history with the family, and it is working with authorities on the case. The two other children are in DCF custody, and there will be a hearing on Wednesday for them.
“Just listening to the description of the injuries provided by the detectives, it was and still is very disturbing to think that a 3-year-old or any child would have suffered at the mother’s hands the kind of injuries that were described in this particular case,” Cuevas said.
In 2010 Caze was arrested on a domestic battery charge involving the then-infant’s father, DCF records show. In its intake report, DCF noted, “It was alleged that during their argument, the mother was holding Ghanson and attacked the father by throwing things at him. It’s alleged the mother attempted to throw the infant at the father. The baby was not injured.”
The report also said, “There are concerns about the mother’s behavior as she is very violent and recently punched a mirror and broke it with her hand.”
Source: NBC Miami