Mother charged in death of 11-month-old boy
Catalina Marista Bruno reportedly left boy in car
The mother of a 11-month-old boy who was found unresponsive in West Miami-Dade County Thursday was charged in connection with his death. Court records show she was out on bond for a charge of child neglect when she was arrested
Just after 4 p.m. Thursday, rescue crews were dispatched to 1071 Southwest 150th Place.
According to investigators, 30-year-old Catalina Marista Bruno, the child's mother, placed the boy, Bryan Miguel Osceola, in a child seat in the rear passenger side of the vehicle and drove home. When she got home, she left Bryan in the car.
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A while later, the boy's father, Amos Osceola (pictured below), asked about the child. Bruno then recalled leaving him inside the vehicle, police said.
Investigators say Osceola immediately ran outside and found Bryan unresponsive in the car seat. He took him to a nearby Miami-Dade Fire Rescue station for medical attention.
Byran was then taken to Kendall Regional Hospital. He had a body temperature of 109 degrees.
Bruno was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. She's scheduled to make her first appearance in court Saturday.
"[I'm] really surprised because this is a nice neighborhood," said Leo Bonilla, a neighbor. "Northing really happens here. Like I said, it is really quiet here and everybody knows each other close by and it is really sad to hear that."
According to an arrest affidavit, in Nov. 2012, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper found Bruno passed out behind the wheel of her sport utility vehicle on Southwest 8th Street about seven miles west of Krome Avenue. The SUV was still in gear, reported the arresting officer, and her then 5-month-old boy was found face down between the front seats. The boy was uninjured in the incident and released to Bruno's sister.
Bruno was charged with child neglect, driving under the influence while accompanied by a minor, and a seat restraint violation. She has also been arrested for battery, cocaine possession, and driving on a suspended license since 2007.
The Department of Children and Families has a history with the family.