Crime

Broken Leg Preceded Beating Death of 2-Year-Old Half Brother

Broken Leg Preceded Beating Death of 2-Year-Old Half Brother

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 12-year-old boy indicted Thursday in the murder of his 2-year-old half brother may have been responsible for a broken leg the toddler sustained earlier this year.

Cristian Fernandez was indicted Thursday for hitting his half brother David Galarriago on the head at least twice on March 14, killing him, said State Attorney Angela Corey after a grand jury handed down the decision.

Fernandez is charged with murder in the first degree and aggravated child abuse. Biannela Marie Susana, Fernandez' mother, was also charged, with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

According to an arrest and booking report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, on Jan. 22 David broke his leg. Initially, their mother said it was from a fall, but later admitted she had lied and that Fernandez broke his brother's leg while wrestling.

Miami Man Arrested by Jax Police for Stealing $76,000

Miami Man Arrested by Jax Police for Stealing $76,000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville police arrested a Miami man after a lengthy investigation tied him to economic crimes in which he stole thousands of dollars.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, co-defendant Lynn Bauer-Carter went into several Jacksonville banks and using stolen IDs given to her by Johnson, withdrew thousands of dollars from the victims' bank accounts.

Victims include a woman whose purse was stolen in Poole, Ga., another woman whose home was burglarized in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and another victim whose home was burglarized in Edgewater, Fla.

Numerous unauthorized withdrawals were made from their accounts totaling $76,000. Police identified Bauer-Carter as the woman and arrested her on five counts of fraud. During the transactions, Bauer-Carter used a wig to conceal her identity, police said.

JFRD: Thermal Imaging Camera Stolen During House Fire

JFRD: Thermal Imaging Camera Stolen During House Fire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Susannah Carter home burned down in 2003. She knows the loss that comes with a house fire.

"We unfortunately lost a couple of pets," Carter said. 

But she's thankful that firefighters were there to help keep her family safe using, among other things, a thermal imaging camera. The camera can find hot spots and body heat easily in a fire, but one of the 60 cameras the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department owns, was stolen right off a truck on Sunday.

"These tools are life saving products and they should be left alone," said JFRD spokesman Tom Francis.

According to the police report, Fire Station 21 used the camera at an apartment fire on Barnes Road on Sunday.  Firefighters put it back in its charging station and went back to fighting the fire.

JSO Responds to Reports of Shots Fired on Westside

JSO Responds to Reports of Shots Fired on Westside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating after reports of shots fired on the Westside.

Officers said a resident claims to have heard gunshots at Eureka Garden Apartments on Labelle Street Wednesday.

There is no word on whether or not police found a victim or if any arrests have been made.

DCF Gives Day-Care License, Foster Parent Approval to Woman with Child Abuse Past

DCF Gives Day-Care License, Foster Parent Approval to Woman with Child Abuse Past

MORE: Foster children's lawsuit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Annette Smith was licensed as a day care operator in 2001 and as a foster parent in 2004.

"The fact she was a foster parent is mystery number one," said attorney Brian Cabrey.

Smith was convicted of child abuse more than a decade before she opened a day care and was approved as a foster parent. "The irony is she lost her own children and was convicted of child abuse on her own children back in 1991, here in Jacksonville," said Cabrey, who recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of two foster children once in Smith's care. 

It was all missed, he said, and he wants to know why.

"If it hadn't been missed or if anybody had bothered to look, our children would not have been in that home. That home would not have existed."

Police Investigating Body Found on the Northside

Police Investigating Body Found on the Northside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly shooting on the Northside.

Homicide detectives responded to the intersection of 19th & North Main Street Monday night.

Once on scene, an official said they found an adult male in his early 20's dead behind a business. The victim has not been identified.

There is no information about any suspects and no arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call crime stoppers at (866) 854-TIPS.

Stay with First Coast News for more information.

Woman Suspected of Stealing Wallets and Purses

Woman Suspected of Stealing Wallets and Purses

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An investigation has led detectives to tie a series of crimes on the Southside and downtown to one suspect, a woman who was captured by a surveillance camera.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, people in the area of the AT&T building, 301 W. Bay Street, and 10140 Centurion Parkway, near the interchange of Southside and Butler boulevards, have reported having purses and wallets stolen while they are at work.

Detectives have learned that the suspect has been using stolen credit cards throughout the city.

If you recognize the woman or know anything that can help the investigation, call our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.