The death of an 18-month-old boy is being investigated by Miami-Dade homicide detectives after his body was found in an alleyway outside a Homestead day-care center yesterday afternoon around 3:30.
Someone at Jomiba Learning Center, at 1005 N. Krome Ave., called police to report a child in distress. When Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Homestead Police arrived, they found the toddler dead near a van in the alleyway.
The young boy has been identified as Dominicue Andrews, who was also known by the nickname Paw Paw. He lived with his mother and grandmother and was picked up, possibly along with another sibling, by the day-care center at 7:35 a.m. That was the last time he saw his family.
The Miami Herald recounts an unconfirmed story from an eyewitness:
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Eli Lovo, 29, said he was at the Wells Fargo bank branch across the street when he heard a scream come the daycare center. He looked over and saw the boy on the ground. He said he recognized both a daycare employee and the driver of the van, which is used to bring children to and from the center, because he lives in a nearby apartment.
It looked like the boy had been moved, he said. "One of the da-care staff threw an empty bottle at the driver," Lovo said. "She was saying, 'How could you do this? How could you do this?' "
No cause of death has been released yet.