DCF releases information on mother's past
MIAMI (WSVN) -- New details have been released by the Department of Children and Families in the case of a mother accused of leaving her baby boy inside her car to die.
On May 16, police said, 11-month-old Bryan was left inside a car in West Miami-Dade. Police said, when the mother realized she left her baby in the car, it was to late. The baby's body temperature was 109 degrees.
Investigators do not know how long he was left in the car, but they arrested his mother, Catalina Bruno.
In July 2012, when the baby was 2 months old, according to the Department of Children and Families documents, the department had its first run-in with Bruno. They said the father was "arrested for domestic battery after he attacked the mother in front of the children."
DCF investigators said, "The parents got into an argument earlier in the afternoon in which the father left and went drinking at the gaming resort. The mother also started drinking while the father was away. The father got kicked out of the gaming resort due to his excessive drinking. The father hit the mother several times."
After the incident, DCF's legal team was the Miccosukee Tribe. The father, Amos Osceola, is a member of the tribe.
DCF said federal law mandates them to contact the tribe in cases where children are of Native American backgrounds with the option to provide social services. DCF said the tribe was involved in that first case.
On Nov. 3, DCF said, "Mom was driving recklessly and passed out. Mom hit several walls prior to the vehicle stopping. Bryan was in the mother's lap at the time of the accident. Bryan was not injured. The mother is being arrested for DUI."
DCF then interviewed Bruno. She reportedly said, "She never felt drunk, but during the drive must have fallen asleep at the wheel." She then stated, "She would never let anything like this happen again."
Bruno's attorney argued in court that his client has postpartum depression. "She was diagnosed with postpartum very early on," he said.
Back on the November case, DCF said, "Future risk is high, but the child is safe." That case was then closed.
Six months later, the baby would be found dead. There is no evidence of alcohol as a factor in this most recent case. Bruno is being held behind bars with no bond.
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