Miami-Dade County

Baby found dead in water near Miami Beach


Miami Beach Police are investigating the death of a 17-month-old boy, police said Friday.

A couple living on a boat first called police around 5:45 p.m. after their baby, who police did not identify, went missing.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said the mother took a nap while child’s father left the boat to buy groceries. Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reported that when the mother woke up, the baby was gone.

After a combined effort between the Coast Guard, Miami-Dade Fire Boat, Miami Beach Marine Patrol and City of Miami Fire Boat, police found the boy in the water between Palm and Star islands where FWC officials said the couple lives.

The child was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial’s Ryder Trauma Center.

Miami Beach Police said they will investigate the death of the toddler. They have not made an arrest. Police did not identify the couple, but FWC officials said the two have had issues with other people living on nearby boats in the past.