Roommate charged with killing 6-month-old by swinging her head against a bedpost

Juan Santos
Juan Santos

She left her 6-month-old baby with her roommate so she could run an errand. An hour later, the child was dying.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies showed up at the mother’s apartment, on the 3000 block of Northeast Fifth Avenue, around 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 to find baby Mackenzie Nevarez unresponsive. Mackenzie spent four days on a ventilator at Broward Health Medical Center before she died.

On Wednesday, BSO deputies charged the mom’s roommate, 27-year-old Juan Santos, with killing the baby by swinging her head against a wooden bedpost. After Mackenzie was hospitalized, BSO’s child protective investigators took two other children from the home and placed them with relatives.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc