Firearm-related deaths of youngsters decrease in Miami-Dade

Firearms killed 21 youngsters last year, and boys and black children were most often the victims, according to data from the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office.

From 2016 to 2017, there was a decrease of about 47 percent in firearm-related deaths of teenagers, ages 19 and under.

In 2016, 34 teenagers, ages 19 to 14, and two children — 8-year-old Jada Page and 6-year-old King Carter — were killed in Miami-Dade shootings, while in 2017 there were 21 shootings killing 18 teenagers, ages 19 to 16, and three children in Miami-Dade County.

The youngest children died in southwest Miami-Dade County. Carnell Williams-Thomas, 2, who suffered a gunshot wound to the torso Dec. 15 in the Goulds, followed the Sept. 22 deaths of two siblings, 18-month-old Alfredo and 8-year-old Amberly Hernandez-Sierra, at the hands of their mother, Nisleydis Sierra, in a Princeton home. 

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Firearm-related deaths of youngsters decrease in Miami-Dade

Firearms killed 21 youngsters last year, and boys and black children were most often the victims, according to data from the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office.

From 2016 to 2017, there was a decrease of about 47 percent in firearm-related deaths of teenagers, ages 19 and under.

In 2016, 34 teenagers, ages 19 to 14, and two children — 8-year-old Jada Page and 6-year-old King Carter — were killed in Miami-Dade shootings, while in 2017 there were 21 shootings killing 18 teenagers, ages 19 to 16, and three children in Miami-Dade County.

The youngest children died in southwest Miami-Dade County. Carnell Williams-Thomas, 2, who suffered a gunshot wound to the torso Dec. 15 in the Goulds, followed the Sept. 22 deaths of two siblings, 18-month-old Alfredo and 8-year-old Amberly Hernandez-Sierra, at the hands of their mother, Nisleydis Sierra, in a Princeton home. 

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Mother arrested for not seeking medical attention for son who died of burns

Miami-Dade police officers arrested a 35-year-old mother after her son died of untreated burns at her home in Miami-Dade’s Naranja neighborhood Thursday, because she was too afraid to take him to the hospital due to her history with the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to authorities. 

Christina Marie Hurt told police officers that she walked out to take the trash out Wednesday night, and when she walked back inside her 10-year-old daughter was holding her son who was screaming, according to the arrest report. 

Hurt told officers that she believes her 4-year-old son made the bathwater extremely hot, causing him to sustain severe burns from his mid torso to his toes. The mother told police officers that she didn’t contact authorities, because she afraid of losing custody of her children. 

Instead, she said she called several friends. She said she gave him Tylenol and juice and he fell asleep. About 9 a.m., Thursday, she dropped off her other children at school and when she returned home with the boy, she tried another first aid remedy, according to the arrest report. 

When the boy was unresponsive, an adult placed the boy on a mattress in the front yard and a woman who was outside contacted authorities — not Hurt. Officers later learned DCF had investigated Hurt for child neglect and she had lost custody of her children before. 

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Mother arrested for not seeking medical attention for son before death

Miami-Dade police officers arrested a 35-year-old mother after her son died of untreated burns at her home in Miami-Dade’s Naranja neighborhood Thursday, because she was too afraid to take him to the hospital due to her history with the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to authorities. 

Christina Marie Hurt told police officers that she walked out to dispose of the trash Wednesday night, and when she walked back inside her 10-year-old daughter was holding her 1-year-old son who was screaming, according to the arrest report. 

Hurt told officers that she believes extremely hot bathwater caused her son to sustain severe burns from his mid torso to his toes, according to the arrest form.

The mother told police officers that she didn’t contact authorities, because she was afraid of losing custody of her children. Instead, she said she called several friends for help.

Hurt told police officers that she gave her son Tylenol and juice and he fell asleep Wednesday night. About 9 a.m., Thursday, she dropped off her other children at school and when she returned home with the boy, she tried another first aid remedy, according to the arrest report. 

When the boy was unresponsive, an adult placed the boy on a mattress in the front yard and police officers say a woman who was outside contacted authorities. Officers later learned DCF had investigated Hurt for child neglect. 

Miami-Dade County court records show she was arrested in 2014 and was charged with child neglect with no harm. Prosecutors agreed to a probation period that ended March 24, 2016. 

Her Facebook account shows pictures of a boy named Ethan who celebrated his first birthday in December. She also has photos of two older boys and three girls who celebrated Christmas together. 

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Miami-Dade police investigate death of 1-year-old boy

Police are investigating the death of a 1-year-old boy in southwest Miami-Dade County.

The investigation was centered on a home in the 12000 block of Southwest 217th Street.

Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Robin Pinkard would only say that detectives are investigating the death of a 1-year-old, but neighbors who spoke to Local 10 News said they heard the child’s mother screaming for help. They said the boy appeared to have been badly burned.

Neighbors said the incident happened in Naranja, and the baby’s mother sought help from family members on Southwest 217th Street.

No other information was immediately available.
 

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Doral police officer wounded in shooting says he’s ‘doing great’

A Doral police officer who was shot in his driveway during a robbery Tuesday night spoke exclusively to Local 10 News from his hospital bed.

“I’m doing wonderful,” Lt. Gary King said Thursday morning from his hospital bed at Jackson South Medical Center. “I’m doing great.”

Miami-Dade police said King and his wife were ambushed in the driveway of their Palmetto Bay home after returning home from an evening of shopping.

According to an arrest report, Kionne Bell and another man followed King home. As King unloaded his car, Bell and the other man walked into the gated yard and Bell punched King in the face, the report said.

Police said King reached for his gun, but during a struggle with Bell, the gun fired and King was shot in the arm.

A second unidentified man pushed King’s wife to the ground, punched her in the face and stole her watch, the report said. Police said the men sped away in the red Toyota, taking King’s gun and wallet with them.

Bell, 22, was arrested on charges of attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery and aggravated battery.

King praised the work of the Miami-Dade Police Department for “getting these predators out of the community.”

“There’s something personal about it when somebody comes in your home, your house, and does something like that,” King said.

Miami-Dade County Judge Mindy Glazer ordered that Bell be held without bond. Bell didn’t speak during his court appearance Thursday morning, but he could be seen shaking his head no as Glazer read from the arrest report.

King, who has spent almost 50 years as a police officer in South Florida, said he intends on returning to work. He first joined the Miami Police Department in 1969 and later joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1982. He currently serves as traffic section commander for the Doral Police Department.

“When I worked robbery, I used to handle these cases, but you don’t really realize how unsettling it is until it happens to you,” King said shortly before being released from the hospital.

Police are still searching for the other man involved in the armed robbery.

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