A Fort Lauderdale man has been charged with the murder of his pregnant wife and is the lead suspect in the death of his father-in-law.
Cassandritz Blanc, 22, has been charged with the first-degree murder of 20-year-old Martine Bernard, who was six months pregnant. Under Florida law, Blanc could be charged with first-degree murder of Bernard's unborn child if he doesn't live. He was also charged with abusing a corpse, jail records show. He was being held with no bond.
Fort Lauderdale police say they found Bernard's body in the 500 block of Northeast First Avenue around 4:35 a.m. Tuesday. While looking for Bernard, Hollywood police figured she was in Fort Lauderdale or Sunrise and in danger. Her body was found in a dumpster, according to reports. Both father and daughter were shot, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4.
Their search for her began Monday morning when Hollywood police discovered her father, 68-year-old Roosevelt Bernard, near the intersection of 29th Avenue and Washington Street around 8:30.
Joane Bernard, Roosevelt's daughter and Martine's sister, told CBS4 that their family is broken.
“I’m shaken," she told the station. "This is my dad who does everything in his power to take care of us.”