NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida woman 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, according to an arrest report released Wednesday.
Authorities believe Ghanson Debrosse was dead for hours before he was taken to a hospital early Tuesday.
“This 3-year-old was tortured, literally tortured, from the day he was born,” said North Miami Police Maj. Neal Cuevas.
Ghanson’s mother was being held at a Miami-Dade County jail on $50,000 bond. Fafane Caze is charged with aggravated child abuse and torture.
More charges are expected, pending an autopsy, Cuevas said.
“She admitted sole responsibility,” he said.
Jail records did not show whether Caze had an attorney.
Police previously said the boy’s body showed signs of both past and fresh abuse, along with trauma to his head.
According to the arrest report, Caze used her security guard duty belt to repeatedly beat Ghanson to punish him for misbehaving, leaving multiple scars and open wounds. She also maliciously burned his genital area with a lighter and refused to seek medical attention for him, investigators wrote.
Authorities said they were working with Haiti’s national police to verify Caze’s claim that the boy had suffered abuse during a recent stay with relatives in the Caribbean country.
The Department of Children and Families took Ghanson’s 4-year-old sister and 1-year-old brother into the agency’s care.
The agency had contact with the family in 2010, and the case is being reviewed, according to a statement from DCF officials.
“My heart is breaking for this child,” said DCF Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo. “Now we must focus our complete attention to protecting Ghanson’s siblings and working with law enforcement to see that those responsible for his death are held accountable.”
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