Witnesses give conflicting information about boy's death at summer camp
Dai'jon Mullings, 10, collapsed at park, pronounced dead at Jackson North Medical Center
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A family is still waiting for answers in the death of a 10-year-old boy, who was attending a summer camp in Miami Gardens when he collapsed on Wednesday.
Children were back at Scott Park Thursday morning, playing in the same spot where Dai'jon Mullings lost his life.
Local 10 News contacted the mayor, city manager and police department, who all called this an ongoing investigation, which has left Dai'jon's family desperate for answers.
"He went to summer camp and he's not going to come back home and sleep in his bed for us to see him again," Dai'jon's aunt, Alethea Mullings said.
The boy's family arrived at the park Thursday morning, speaking with parents and other campers about the moments leading up to Dai'jon collapsing.
"If this was your child, you wouldn't want this just swept under the rug," Alethea Mullings said. "You want to make sure that your child (who) you sent to summer camp is being supervised, and if something did happen, that they reacted in a timely manner and that's the only thing we are asking."
Several children witnessed the incident, some claiming Dai'jon was bitten by a spider, and others saying he hit his head on the bleachers before suffering a seizure.
"The only thing that my niece and nephew said was that he was convulsing, and that wasn't the words they used, but that's what they described, so they saw enough but (they) don't know the extent of what's going on," summer camp parent, Toni Harrison said.
The city of Miami Gardens released the following statement Thursday morning: "The City is actively investigating the incident. Our city officials have also reached out to the Mullings family and remain committed to keeping them informed on the progress of the investigation. Our prayers are with the family at this difficult time."
But that statement isn't enough for Dai'jon's family, who said he loved the game of basketball.
"Y'all weren't supervising him. You guys were not, because if you were, we would have the support of the camp and (know) every step by step leading up to the time of my nephew, whatever happened," Alethea Mullings said.
It could be weeks before autopsy results are released. In the meantime, the family said they'll continue to fight for answers.
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