MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A South Florida father is now charged with first degree murder. Yosi Mahlab is accused of beating his four month old son to death. Tavon Mahlab had been hospitalized for two weeks but lost his fight to live Thursday.
Yosi Mahlab said nothing in court Friday. The judge denied him bond and Mahlab will remain behind bars.READ MORE: FHP Confirms Fatality After Tanker Truck That Drove Off Highway In Davie Catches Fire
Mahlab claimed earlier this month that he did not beat his son.
Prosecutors, however, said Mahlab not only beat the child, but also waited 30 minutes to call 911 after the alleged beating.READ MORE: ‘Get The Shot Today': Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried Urging Vaccinations As Florida COVID Cases Skyrocket
According to the arrest affidavit, Mahlab called 911 on Saturday, Jan 28th to report his son was unconscious.
The child was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where X-rays showed the infant had a fractured skull, subdural bleeding, retinal hemorrhage and bleeding on the brain.
The affidavit said the father admitted to hitting his son “with force in the face twice.” After the child was hit a second time, he fell off the father’s lap and hit his head on a nightstand.MORE NEWS: Miami PD Searching For Hit-&-Run Driver Who Struck Motorcyclist
Tavon was kept alive by life support machines until recently. His organs will be donated to other children.