Naika Venant, a 14-year-old diagnosed with depression and ADHD, was prescribed medication that carried a ‘black box’ warning about increased risk of suicide. In January, 45 days after the dosage was increased, she hanged herself in the bathroom of her foster home in front of a Facebook Live audience.
The 12th annual festival was held March 18 and 19 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens and featured performances from The Roots, LL Cool J, Esperanza Spalding, Jill Scott, Herbie Hancock and many more.
Gina Alexis got the message shortly after 1 a.m., saying her daughter was hanging herself in the bathroom and that Alexis must go rescue her. But the bathroom was miles away, as Naika was in foster care. What’s more, Alexis and some others thought the suicide was faked.
The shocking end of Naika Venant’s life is by now well known: She hanged herself while streaming on Facebook Live. On Monday, a report by the state child welfare agency illuminated the hellish conditions that drove her to that desperate act.
A Miami judge has ruled that state child welfare lawyers were not in contempt of court when they gave her erroneous information about a girl who was in the same home as a foster sibling who hanged herself — while livestreaming on Facebook.
In the 4-year-old FBI investigation into Opa-locka corruption, public works supervisor Gregory Harris stands out as a prized cooperating witness — so much so that a federal judge on Thursday gave him no prison time and just three years of probation and 600 hours of community service.
Miami-Dade commissioners on Tuesday agreed to carve out a special tax district near Hard Rock Stadium to create a cultural center for Miami Gardens, which wants the entertainment hub as a way to jumpstart the economy.
In a sharply worded order, a judge suggested the state lied to her about the services provided to children who may have been traumatized by sharing a foster home with a 14-year-old who hanged herself on Facebook Live.
While enrollments have declined over the past few years at many historically black colleges, some say more black students are enrolling due to increased racial outbreaks on college campuses across the country.
Veteran Opa-locka employee Randolph Aikens, who was suspended for 30 days after issuing code enforcement violations on a property owned by the mayor’s family, is suing the city and its top administrator for retaliation.
Applicants from several local law enforcement agencies, and some from other states, have applied to fill the spot vacated by Antonio Brooklen last September. The city hopes to have someone in place before the Jazz in the Gardens festival.
James Bell, 52, of Miami Gardens pleaded guilty to a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bell’s looking at 15 years, minimum, if he’s adjudged a career criminal after serving six prison terms.
Lance Dixon covers Coral Gables, Miami Gardens and North Miami. He joined the Miami Herald in 2013 and is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.
Luis Santiago, former commissioner for the City of Opa-Locka, exits the Federal Courthouse in Miami after surrendering to bribery charges. He pleaded 'Not Guilty' and was released after posting $50,000 surety bond on Friday, December 30, 2016. His attorney Roderick Vereen left the courthouse with Santiago
C.M. GuerreroThe Miami Herald
Former Opa Locka commissioner Santiago leaves federal court