MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Prosecutors announced Friday a baby, on life support is “expected to pass.” Meantime, the mother’s boyfriend is being held on no bond, charged with child abuse.
The judge ordered Antwan Sawyer, 28, to be held on no bond following the update on the 5-month old boy’s condition. He is charged with aggravated child abuse and great bodily harm.
“According to investigators they were initially told the child fell off the bed but they discovered that the injuries sustained were not consistent with that type of incident,”said Miami-Dade Police Detective and spokeswoman Robin Pinkard on Wednesday. “Right now it is too early for our investigators to say exactly how the child was injured.”
If Andres does not survive, Pinkard said charges against Sawyer would almost certainly be upgraded.
Pinkard said the boyfriend stayed off and on at the mother’s home. She said the child was injured after the mother left him in his care.
A check of records show that Sawyer has an extensive history of arrests. Records show he’s been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, grand theft, selling cocaine, petit theft, possession of cannabis, grand theft and resisting arrest with violence.
CBS4’s Peter D’Oench spoke exclusively to the father of the baby known as “Baby Andres” after the mother’s boyfriend was charged.
“It’s horrible. He’s a helpless being. There is no reason why somebody should do something like that to a baby,” said the child’s father, Adolfo Bravo. “It’s horrible. I love my baby. It’s a tragedy. Foul play was involved. It’s already been confirmed. The message is stay involved with your kids’ lives and check up on your kids. This is a bad thing but there are bad people out there, even bad people who are with a child’s mother. Look at what happened. In two days I lost him.”
Bravo said his son will be six months old this Sunday and is on life support at Miami Children’s Hospital.
The case came to the attention of CBS4 after a number of posts on social media about the child.
A post on Instagram said “Baby Andres” was brought in to the hospital on September 8th and said the mother claimed he had fallen off a bed. But the post said doctors said the injuries were consistent with the baby being shaken and abused.
Adolfo Bravo posted on Facebook that his son “did not have damage consistent with falling off a bed.” He said there was hemorraghing consistent with shaking a baby and he said his son’s lower back was black and blue.
“They said my son fell off the bed but all the signs pointed to him being shaken,” said Bravo.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said that the child’s mother was “not a subject” in this case. D’Oench also reached her by telephone at Miami Children’s Hospital but she told him she did not want to say anything at all.
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is also involved with this case because of the injuries to the child.
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