Baby knocked off bed still critical

Published Sept. 25, 2000|Updated Sept. 28, 2005

A 6-month-old boy who suffered massive head injuries after being knocked off a bed in an incident that killed his twin brother was still in critical but stable condition Sunday at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Two older boys _ ages 8 and 11 _ who lived in the same house with twins Joshua and Jonathan Jenkins, had been jumping on a bed when the twins fell off and were hurt, the older boys told police after the incident Friday.

Jonathan died Friday night, and Joshua has been on life support since.

All four boys were under the care of 18-year-old Patrice Bolden on Friday night.

While Bolden was speaking on a cellular phone just outside the apartment, the older boys went into a bedroom to play with the twins.

Police later indicated more aggressive roughhousing than just jumping on the bed appeared to have been involved.

The older boys have not been charged, but detectives are gathering information as to the responsibility of Bolden, the babysitter, Miami Police Lt. Bill Schwartz said Sunday.

Police planned to turn over the results of their investigation of the case to the state attorney's office some time early this week, Schwartz said. The state attorney then would decide whether to charge Bolden.