Police investigate 4-year-old's mysterious death
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police are investigating after a 4-year-old boy was found dead inside a Coral Springs home.
Coral Springs Police interviewed the mother of the child at police headquarters, Monday afternoon, but have not said whether any charges will be filed.
Distraught family members came around all day long to the apartment building where 4-year-old Antwon Hope was found dead in Apartment 202, located along the 9000 block of Northwest 28th Drive. He shared the apartment with his mother, 23-year-old Destene Simmons.
Tuesday morning, neighbors reacted to the death and Coral Springs Police announced that an autopsy has been planned for the boy. "My son's 8, but what do you tell him, a little kid just died?" wondered concerned parent, Jennifer Hill. "You can't make stories up, you have to go by what people are telling you, and I don't believe anybody until I hear it from the cops."
Authorities also announced that the boy's mother is in custody on an unrelated charge. "The mother is currently in custody at the Broward Sheriff's Office on an unrelated traffic warrant that she had," said Coral Springs Lt. Joe McHugh. "She is not in custody for anything involving the 4-year-old's death."
McHugh added that the investigation is on-going.
On Monday, police responded to the second floor apartment after, they said, someone called 911 and hung up several times. Coral Springs Police Sgt. Carla Kmiotek said, "Officers responded referencing 911 hang up call, and when they got on scene, they checked the residence and found the body of a deceased 4-year-old male inside."
When police arrived, they found the 4-year-old boy unresponsive in a bedroom and pronounced him dead on the scene.
A woman who only identified herself as Suzanna lives next door. She said she had heard banging on the night before from that apartment. "It's a surprise for me," she said. "I heard a noise in my house, bad noise ... yesterday. I'm thinking they were playing."
She described Hope as energetic and often tried to speak Spanish with him. "He used to play with me," she said with a smile. "He tried to speak to me as amiga, in Spanish. He played many times with me."
Olga Bermudez, the complex' property manager, said Simmons recently moved in and had not paid her rent for two months. "No idea, no idea because she had the government helping her," said Bermudez. "She did not pay her portion, so I don't know what's going on with her."
As of now, police are calling the circumstances surrounding Hope's death suspicious and have not released a specific cause of death.
So far, no one at the home has been charged.
If you have any information on this death, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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