MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A grieving father is seeking answers about the sudden death of his 11-year-old daughter who apparently lost her life inside the Little Havana apartment that she shared with her mother and step-father.
“I would like to know who did this? Why, why, why did this happen. She was only 11 years old. How was this possible? She was my daughter,” said Jorge Guzman, who broke down when he spoke about the death of his daughter Martha Guzman.
Jorge Guzman told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that he rushed to Miami from his home in Jacksonville when he was informed that his daughter was pronounced dead at the hospital where she was taken to.
Rescue crews said she was unresponsive and not breathing when they discovered her in her family’s apartment at 834 N.W. 4th St. on Sunday.
“She was my daughter,” said Guzman. “She was my life. She was a great kid. She was just 11 years old. How was this possible. I’d like
to know if somebody knows something about my daughter. Too many people live in there in that apartment building. How come nobody can see?”
Guzman said his daughter had been having problems with her step-father and mother. And the Department of Children and Families confirmed that the agency had a “history” with the family, indicating social workers had been to the home in the past.
But DCF could not specify what that “history” was about. Family members said that another small child lived in the apartment with the step-father and mother of Guzman.
Fifteen-year-old Shelly Andino Munoz, who told reporters at a news conference that she was the best friend of Martha Guzman, and she said she was deeply troubled by what happened.
“I was crying. I didn’t know what she did to deserve that. She was like my little sister,” she said.
Miami Police Sgt. Freddie Cruz said that his department could not comment about the cause of death or any details about the case because it is an ongoing investigation. He also could not say if the step-father and mother were being questioned by detectives.
As of late Monday afternoon, the apartment building remained sealed off with yellow crime-scene tape and a Miami Police officer remained parked in a cruiser outside the building.
Guzman said he was trying to speak with police about this case.
“I don’t know anything about this or what happened,” said Guzman. “I live outside this area. My ex-wife called me about this and I came here. But I don’t know anything.”
The victim’s uncle, Jose Navas, said, “I can’t tell you anything because I don’t know anything. We don’t know what happened. The detectives have not told us anything. The family feels bad for what has happened.
She was 11 years old. She was a nice girl. We would like to know what happened.”
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