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.
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Family and neighbors say Bernard is mentally unstable, according to a report from Miami Herald news partner CBS4.
“You grow with somebody, and to do your own family like that … It’s not like you don’t know her,” said the young girl’s family member. “Never expected he would do that to our grandchild like that.”
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.
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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.
Nobody in this world would expect that he would do that like never show that sign that he would do that, said a family member who did not want to give his name.
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.
That man says his 18-yr-old family member, who is mentally unstable, is responsible for beating his niece and leaving her to die inside a neighbors recycling bin.
“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.