Pompano Beach woman's roommate arrested in baby's death

Juan Santos accused of striking 6-month-old girl's head against wooden bed post

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

Juan Santos is accused of slamming a 6-month-old girl's head against a wooden bed post, causing her death.

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - A Pompano Beach woman's roommate has been arrested in connection with the death of her 6-month-old daughter last year.

Juan Santos, 27, faces a murder charge in the girl's October 2016 death.

Santos was arrested Wednesday by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies.

Detectives said Santos was babysitting Makenzie Nevarez when he struck the girl's head against a wooden bed post, causing her death.

Makenzie's mother returned home to find her baby unresponsive and called 911.

Paramedics rushed Makenzie to Broward Health North. She was then airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator. She died four days later on Oct. 28.

Two other children were removed from the home and were staying with family members.

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