Mom of Jacksonville's youngest killer charged with DUI

JSO: Biannela Susana, mother of Cristian Fernandez, found asleep in car

By Corley Peel - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Biannela Susana, the mother convicted of aggravated manslaughter in the 2011 death of her 2-year-old son, was arrested and charged with DUI after police said they found her asleep behind the wheel of a car.

At about 6 a.m. Sunday, an officer found Susana inside her car, which was parked on the side of an access ramp to J. Turner Butler Boulevard, the report said. The car had its emergency flashers on and the engine was running.

According to the report, an officer opened the car door and took the keys out of the ignition. Susana denied ever being asleep, and when questioned about damage to the car's front end, she told the officer she struck a possum.

The incident report states Susana told the officer she was coming from work, specifically a bar, where she'd left the night before around 10 p.m. The officer reported that she appeared intoxicated and arrested her for DUI.

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Susana, 32, was found guilty of aggravated manslaughter after she acknowledged waiting more than eight hours to seek medical help for injuries inflicted on 2-year-old son, David Galarraga, by his 12-year-old half-brother, Cristian Fernandez. Galarraga died of his injuries.

Jail records show Susana was released from jail Monday afternoon.

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