Boy Found Dead at Homestead Daycare Center

Authorities investigate the death of a toddler in Homestead

By Sharon Lawson and Todd Wright
|  Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011  |  Updated 10:16 AM EDT
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A daycare center in Homestead turned into a crime scene after a young boy was found dead near a van. Police are still investigating how the 18-month-old died.

A daycare center in Homestead turned into a crime scene after a young boy was found dead near a van. Police are still investigating how the 18-month-old died.

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Miami-Dade homicide detectives are investigating the death of an 18-month-old baby boy outside a daycare center in Homestead Tuesday afternoon.

The toddler, identified by family members as Dominick Andrews, was found around 3:30 p.m. on the property of the Jomiba Learning Center, located at 1100 North Krome Avenue.

According to authorities, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue along with Homestead Police responded to the daycare center, on a report of a child in distress. But when paramedics arrived, they quickly determined the child was dead.

"The child was located in an alleyway near a van," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland. "It's unclear how long he was out there. There are questions about a van that is parked behind the facility that may be involved in this case, and certainly that van is a component of this crime scene."

Everyone inside the Daycare was questioned, namely the owner of the facility and the driver of the van. 

Family members of the baby boy were overcome with grief, desperate for answers into the death of the child.

"These people are being paid to keep our kids and they allow them to die like that," said an aunt of the victim. 

The baby's grandmother wept, raw with emotion saying, "He was so spontaneous, he was a good boy, my boy, he was what I lived for."

The Department of Children and Families had an entire team shadowing the homicide detectives, as they investigate who's to blame for the death of the baby boy.

Officials said the cause of death would be determined by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner's Office.

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