MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) – Amid song and prayer, family members and friends held a vigil Saturday night for a baby who police said was abused by his mother’s boyfriend.
Andres Bravo would have been six-months-old on Sunday, but one day before marking that milestone, his family removed him from life support.
“I’ve been having a rough four days seeing my son like that, but I’m relieved he’s at peace,” said Adolfo Bravo.
Earlier in the week, little Andres Bravo was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police later arrested his mother’s boyfriend, Antwan Sawyer.
Sawyer faces charges of child abuse and attempted felony murder. Police say the child’s mother left him in Sawyer’s care when the baby was injured.
“I want justice first of all for Antwan he needs to get what he deserves to get,” added Bravo.
With the child’s death, Sawyer could face murder charges, but the child’s father said he wants Andres’ mother to face consequences as well.
“Why didn’t she get picked up?” Bravo asked.
While police continue to investigate the case, friends and family want to focus on remembering baby Andres and doing everything they can to stop child abuse.
“Anything that is adolescent child baby they’re very fragile and unfortunately we do not have stickers to put on them that says fragile, do not shake, do not break,” said Bravo’s friend Tiffany Aquino.
“People need to stand up and speak for what’s right you know what I mean because this is not right and we’re losing our children for no reason and it’s really sad,” added Hannah Reny.
Friends created a foundation in the little boy’s name focused on keeping children safe.
“I never thought it could happen to me, it basically hit my own home, it’s devastating,” said Bravo. “I’d hate for it to happen to anybody else if I can do anything about it, I will.”
Bravo donated his son’s organs in hopes of saving other lives.
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