FLORIDA CITY (CBSMiami) – Two-year-old Mariah Johnson was pronounced dead Saturday after being reported missing, and shortly after being pulled from a hole in the ground of her Florida City neighborhood Saturday.
The Medical Examiner’s office, according to Detective Javier Baez of Miami-Dade Police Department, ruled the two-year-old’s death an accident.
However, Saturday’s incident, where Johnson was found unresponsive in a hole not far from her home, remains under investigation. No one has been charged thus far.
On Sunday, Mariah’s family was in disbelief and wanted answers after her death.
“The last words she said to me was ‘I love you grandma’ and gave me a big kiss and I hugged her and she left not knowing that would be the last time I’d see her alive,” said the child’s great-grandmother Geanie Dixon.
That was Friday, a day before the toddler’s death.
“She was a beautiful little girl and I don’t know how this happened,” said Eddie Dixon, the girl’s grandfather.
The girl’s family members said she was with her mother’s boyfriend when she somehow disappeared. After she was reported missing, family, friends and police searched the neighborhood.
A couple hours later, the family says Mariah’s mom’s boyfriend found the child unresponsive.
Mariah died just weeks before her second birthday.
“Tore me apart man,” Eddie Dixon said.
“Here’s a child who had not a chance in life two-years-old not even two-years-old; she will never have the opportunity to have a child she will never have an opportunity to get married so we want justice,” added Louis Dye, the girl’s great-uncle.
It’s not clear yet how Mariah ended up in that hole in the ground. Cell phone video captured the scene after police arrived, but Mariah’s family wants to know what happened in the moments before the child was found. And they’re asking anyone with information to come forward.
“I need answers,” said Dixon.
“Silence is not going to work here, we want justice we want the truth and believe me the truth will come out,” added Dye.