Tristin Tavares Bernard was arrested and charged early Friday morning with attempted second degree murder, aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm and torture, and aggravated battery.
Police say Bernard, 18, left the bleeding child to die in a recycling bin when he was interrupted by the neighbor and ran off to his nearby home.
Family and neighbors say Bernard is mentally unstable, according to a report from Miami Herald news partner CBS4.
Man in custody after 3-year-old girl found in Miami Gardens trash can
Nobody in this world would expect that he would do that, like (he) never show that sign that he would do that, said a family member who did not want to give his name.
The girl is in critical condition after surgery at Joe DiMaggio Hospital. She had been found in the area of the 20100 block of Northwest 27th Court.
Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along Northwest 27th Circle, just before 5:15 p.m., Thursday.
According to reports, the girl was being watched by Bernards mother who lost track of her and was calling out for her, according to a family member.
Shes like screaming Katura, Katura, Katura, wheres Katura, she started checking the room, was checking the room she dont see the other kid, a family member told CBS4.
A family member, who did not give his name, told CBS4 that it was an 18-year-old relative who beat the girl and put her in a recycling bin.
She was in the bin and she was bleeding on the side of her head, Sotomayor told the station. Thank God I was able to save her life.
Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
A man told the police on Thursday he witnessed a 3-year-old girl being beaten with a brick while she was inside a trash can. (miamidade.gov)
A Florida man told authorities he witnessed a man severely beating a 3-year-old girl with a brick while she was trapped inside a trash can Thursday evening.
Jose Sotomayor said he was at his Miami Gardens home when he heard loud noises. He said he walked outside and witnessed the horrific scene. He said he grabbed the man and shouted at him, but the man fled the scene.
“If I would have waited three, two more minutes more, he would have killed her,” Sotomayor said.
The girl’s head was bleeding severely, WTVJ reported. She was taken to the hospital where she remains in critical condition, a police spokeswoman said.
Authorities have taken the girl’s 18-year-old relative into custody, WSVN 7News reported. His identity was not released. It was unclear if he will face charges.