HOMESTEAD (CBS4) – Miami-Dade Police are investigating the death of a child at a daycare center in Homestead.
Homestead Police say the 18 month old boy died at the Jomiba Learning Center at 1005 N. Krome Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The case has been turned over to Miami-Dade homicide detectives.
Traci Morman, cousin of the toddler’s 16 year old mother, said the daycare called boy’s mother and told her they couldn’t find her son.
“She thought her child was missing and I rushed her over here to find out what was wrong with her child and then we find out he’s dead,” said Morman.
The baby’s father said his mother told him what happened.
“He was just missing then my mama calls back and says he’s not missing he’s dead,” said Rashaad Easterlie.
The boy’s grandmother was overcome with grief while speaking to CBS4’s Maggie Newland.
“He was a good baby that was my baby that’s what I lived for. That’s what I lived for,” cried grandmother Atila Bryant.
Images from Chopper 4 show a daycare van wrapped in yellow crime scene tape, though it is unknown at this point where or how the death occurred.
“There are questions about a van parked behind the facility that may be involved in this case and certainly that van is a component of this crime scene,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland. “So we will be looking at that van along with this entire property and everyone who was here at the time.”