Autopsy Rules Tortured Boy's Death A Homicide

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News

Updated: January 24, 2014, 8:20pm

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) -- The death of a 3-year-old boy who police say was tortured by his mother has officially been ruled a homicide.

The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office reported Friday that Ghanson Debrosse died from multiple injuries and trauma.

Police say 21-year-old Fafane Caze repeatedly beat her young son, tortured him with a lighter to stop him from urinating on the floor and applied a concoction of vegetable oil and laundry blue to his wounds instead of seeking medical treatment.

Authorities believe the child was dead for hours before he was taken to a hospital early Tuesday.

Caze was being held at a Miami-Dade County jail without bond. She's charged with aggravated child abuse and torture, but North Miami police say additional charges are pending in light of the autopsy.

An email seeking comment from Caze's attorney wasn't immediately answered.


Associated Press News Release

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) -- Police have released an arrest report for a South Florida woman who allegedly tortured her 3-year-old son.

According to the report, Fafane Caze repeatedly beat her 3-year-old son, tortured him with a lighter to stop him from urinating on the floor and applied a concoction of vegetable oil and laundry blue to his wounds instead of seeking medical treatment.

Authorities believe Ghanson Debrosse was dead for hours before he was taken to a hospital early Tuesday.

Fafane Caze was being held Wednesday at a Miami-Dade County jail on $50,000 bond. She's charged with aggravated child abuse and torture. North Miami Police Maj. Neal Cuevas says more charges are expected, pending an autopsy.

Jail records did not show whether Caze had an attorney.


Associated Press News Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Police say a 21-year-old woman is being held on aggravated child abuse charges after she admitted to fatally torturing her young son.

North Miami Maj. Neal Cuevas told The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1fVZMVm ) that there were signs of abuse on "every inch" of the 3-year-old boy's body. He was declared dead early Tuesday.

Authorities say Fafane Caze originally told police she had picked the boy up from the airport two weeks ago following an extended stay with relatives in Haiti and that he'd been injured there. But The Herald reports the child had "fresh" injuries.

The child's two young siblings were taken into state care by the Department of Children and Families.

Caze remained in jail early Wednesday. An attorney wasn't listed on jail records.


Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com


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