Mother faces judge after toddler dies in hot car
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida mother faced a judge after police said her 11-month-old died from being left in a sweltering car. Saturday, she remains behind bars and faces very serious charges.
Catalina Bruno will not be leaving jail this weekend. "I am going to hold her no bond," said a judge.
Bruno appeared at a Miami-Dade County bond court Saturday morning after her soon-to-be 1-year-old son Brian was found dead in her sweltering hot car Thursday.
Prosecutors revealed this was not her first incident with the child. Bruno was arrested this past November after being found "passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle."
Prosecutors said it was the same infant and that was the basis for no bond. "The court is concerned of what transpired after the release," said the judge.
On Thursday, Miami-Dade Police said Bruno left the baby boy in her car for several hours. He was then discovered by his father.
Police said the child's temperature was 109 degrees. "You have to be responsible and know that the child is inside the car," said Officer Alvaro Zabaleta.
And there may have been more evidence of her possible negligence inside the vehicle. The judge read off the arrest affidavit stating, "Returned to her residence, a can of beer and her purse inside the car," said a judge.
If the judge in the November case grants Bruno bond, she will still have to post a $250,000 bond in this case, and be subject to house arrest.
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