DCF deemed boy safe before he was left in vehicle

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.

MIAMI — Six months before a baby boy died after being left strapped in his car seat, the Florida Department of Children and Families concluded there was no evidence his mother's drinking endangered his life.

The Miami Herald reports the agency closed the case on Catalina Marista Bruno in November following two incidents. Eleven-month-old Bryan Miguel Osceola died May 16 after being left inside his mother's SUV for hours. His body temperature reached 109 degrees.

Defense attorney Lonnie Richardson says Bruno is in crisis and should be evaluated by a psychiatrist.

In July the agency was called after the baby's father, Amos Osceola, was arrested after he "attacked" Bruno in front of the children. In November, Bruno was deemed drunk when she had an accident with the baby in tow.

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