Viewing on Monday for 4-year-old who died during visit with mom

 
 
Photo showing Antwan Hope, 4, who died under suspicious circumstances in Coral Springs.
Photo showing Antwan Hope, 4, who died under suspicious circumstances in Coral Springs.
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A viewing and wake will be held Monday for a four-year old Coral Springs boy who was found dead in his mother’s apartment last week.

Services for Antwan Hope will be held at the Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1525 NW 7th Street in Pompano Beach, at 5:30 p.m. Hope’s funeral service will be Tuesday day at the church.

Coral Springs police have called Hope’s death “suspicious.” He was at his mother’s apartment on an unsupervised weekend visit after she lost custody a year and a half ago.

Simmons has a history of mental illness. Her family maintains she had ‘nothing’ to do with the death.

Last Friday, Broward Dependency Court Judge Elizabeth Scherer criticized the Department of Children and Families, and its contracted ‘foster care’ operator ChildNet, for not doing enough to protect the bo, who died Monday.

“The court gave very clear instructions both orally and by written order that the child was not to spend unsupervised visits with his mother until a home study was filed with the court and approved by the Guardian Ad Litem program,” said Scherer.

Scherer said she did not receive the home study report in her office until Tuesday, the day after the child died.

“The first issue is the department is in violation of this court’s order and I want to know who made that decision,” Scherer asked representatives from the Florida Attorney General’s office and several employees of ChildNet.

ChildNet’s attorney told the judge that a home study had been done before the child went for the visit but it was an oversight that no copy was provided to the judge earlier.

The medical examiner failed to determine an exact cause of death.

Scherer said whether the child died of natural causes or the death was intentional, the boy should not have been on an unsupervised overnight visit without the court’s permission.

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