Kit Darrant struggled with typical teenaged angst, squabbling frequently with his mother, taking her car without permission, smoking marijuana and drinking.
Then, there were the flashes of bizarre behavior.
One time, the North Miami-Dade youngster grew so angry with his mother that he jumped out of their moving car, tumbling to the pavement, throwing his hands up and daring oncoming traffic to hit him, his aunt told police. Darrant spent a week in the hospital undergoing treatment for his injuries and mental health.
“He didn’t really want to live,” his aunt, who witnessed the episode, told police in a sworn statement. “He said he got nothing to live for.”
Then sometime around March 26, the 16-year-old Darrant got into an argument with his mother, Renette Emile, 35, after he came home late. In his bedroom, he paced for 15 or 20 minutes, contemplating suicide. “Then the thought came into my head after the argument that my mother should not be alive anymore,” Darrant told police, according to his statement.
After strangling her and stabbing her over 100 times with a butcher knife, Darrant covered her body up with sheets and blankets, police say.
Then, for more than a week he partied, shopped, skipped school, and took care of his 3-year-old brother, all this while his mother’s decaying body lay on the floor of her bedroom under a pile of blankets. He kept sprinkling the body with Gain detergent powder to try to keep down the smell.
A Miami-Dade grand jury has indicted Darrant on a charge of premeditated first-degree murder, punishable by up to life in prison. He has pleaded not guilty. His defense attorney declined to comment.
The gruesome details of the prosecution’s case is laid out in newly released police and medical reports, sworn statements and excerpts of Darrant’s confession.
Darrant, a sophomore who wanted to be a firefighter, attended Michael Krop Senior High, and lived with his mother and his 3-year-old half-brother in an apartment at the Jade Winds apartment complex, in the 1700 block of Northeast 191st Street.
He lived briefly with his father in Naples, and did not want to return to Miami where he claimed he had “no friends.” But, he did return when his father got deported to Haiti.
Here, Darrant chafed against the authority of his mother, who was in school to be a nurse and worked as a security guard. “You know, I think she was doing a good job. She was doing the best that she can for him,” said his aunt, Rena Emile.
Darrant’s girlfriend told police: “He just told me he and his mom had been fighting since the day he was born.”
A few years after he hurled himself from the car, Rena Emile said, a teetering Darrant showed up at her doorstep one day with a bag filled with empty alcohol bottles.
‘STARING AT ME’
“It was about nine big bottles. Grey Goose, Absolut, Alizé, he drank all of them. He was 15,” she said. “He didn’t want to talk about why he drank all the alcohol. He was just staring at me.”
She had him shower and put him to bed.
Darrant rebelled often. He was suspended from school, and arrested twice for trespassing in 2010. He told his aunt that he would break into houses to have a place to smoke marijuana.
After his last arrest, Darrant entered a counseling program for troubled teens. When he finished late last year, his aunt recalled he told her something ominous: “I’m going to kill myself or I’m going to kill her this time,’’ Emile remembered him saying. “He thought she didn’t love him, that she would do anything to get rid of him.”