Mother charged in 1-year-old boy's death

Police say boy was in full cardiac arrest when rescuers arrived

By Terrell Forney - Reporter

WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. - The mother of a 1-year-old boy who was found unresponsive in West Miami-Dade County Thursday was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

On Friday morning, police confirmed that Catalina Bruno was arrested and charged in connection with her son's death.

Rescue crews were dispatched to the West Miami-Dade home after 4 p.m. Thursday at 1071 Southwest 150th Place.

Authorities said the 1-year-old was in full cardiac arrest when rescuers arrived. The condition of the boy was described as "bad," and so was the inside of the home, said a law enforcement officer who didn't want to be identified but was familiar with the crime scene.

Local 10's Terrell Forney asked police if foul play was involved. He was told "there's definitely a reason the child wound up this way."

The boy was rushed to Kendall Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Family members, including the boy's parents, were being interviewed by detectives at Miami-Dade police headquarters.

Crime scene detectives were seen at the family home late Thursday, hauling out bags of evidence and sifting through garbage cans on the property. A car was also towed away from the driveway as evidence.

An autopsy on the 1-year-old boy was expected to be performed Friday to determine a definitive cause of death.

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