S. Fla. mother charged in torture death of child

Published On: Jan 22 2014 10:44:13 AM EST
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. -

A South Florida woman has been charged after admitting to fatally torturing her 3-year-old son, police said.

Fafane Caze was being held Wednesday at a Miami-Dade County jail on $50,000 bond. She faces aggravated child abuse charges, and police say more charges are expected, pending an autopsy.

Authorities believe Caze's son, Ghanson Debrosse, was dead for hours before he was taken to a hospital early Tuesday.

"She confessed to everything involved with the abuse of the child," North Miami Police Maj. Neal Cuevas told The Miami Herald.

The boy's body showed signs of both past and fresh abuse, along with trauma to his head and injuries consistent with having been whipped with an extension cord, police said.

"There were signs of abuse on every inch of his body, and he really suffered," Cuevas said. "There were signs of his being burned - his lips, his face, his fingers."

Authorities are checking with Haiti's national police to verify Caze's claim that the boy had suffered abuse during a recent stay with relatives in the Caribbean country, Cuevas said.

Jail records did not show whether Caze had an attorney.

The Department of Children and Families planned to ask a judge Wednesday for the state to retain custody of Ghanson's 4-year-old sister and 1-year-old brother.

The agency had contact with the family in 2010, and the case is being reviewed, according to a statement from DCF officials.

"My heart is breaking for this child," said DCF Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo. "Now we must focus our complete attention to protecting Ghanson's siblings and working with law enforcement to see that those responsible for his death are held accountable."