Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

The parents of a young girl who died from fentanyl and cocaine intoxication are facing murder charges in her death.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26-year-old Charquez Giles and 36-year-old Latonia Clemons on Thursday.

The death investigation began on July 10. The sheriff’s office said it assumed the investigation from Riviera Beach police.

According to investigators, a paternal aunt said she found the one-year-old girl on her doorstep, strapped in a car seat.  The aunt told police someone knocked at her door and took off.  Family members told the aunt to take the girl to the hospital.

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The girl died at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The investigation led to the arrests of Giles and Clemons.  Both are charged with third degree felony murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and neglect of a child.

Court documents show the day after the girl died, deputies arrested Giles on a child abuse charge.

According to the arrest report from July 11, investigators with the Department of Children and Families received text messages from an unidentified individual who found several healing wounds on a six-year-old boy.  The boy said he didn’t talk about the injuries because he didn’t want to get Giles in trouble.  The boy said Giles struck him with a black, orange, and red Gucci belt.

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In another occasion, the boy said Giles tied up his hands, stripped him naked, and took him to the kitchen sink and struck him with a cord made of wires.  The cord came from a video game system that the boy’s younger brother spilled Sprite on, and Giles blamed him for damage to the video game.

The boy said Giles also punched him in the face closed fists, and dug his nails into his ears and neck, causing him to bleed.

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By Buffy Gunner

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