Aunt: Dad Claims Son Drowned In Tub Washing Dog

June 9th, 2010 by

CUTLER BAY (CBS4) ― Miami-Dade Police are investigating the drowning death of a 4-year-old boy in Cutler Bay.

Police say Nicholas Funez was found dead in a bathtub by his father inside a duplex located at SW 100th Avenue and 186th Street Tuesday morning. He was rushed to Baptist Hospital in Kendall but it was too late.

A relative told CBS4′s Gary Nelson that the father, Johnathan Olivo, came running to her duplex from next door and told her that his son had drowned in the bathtub. Janet Gutierrez, a cousin, said the child was blue, “almost black” from lack of oxygen. She gave him CPR but she said she knew he was “already dead”, and that “he was drenched.”

According to Carmen Crespo, Olivo’s aunt, Gutierrez said that he and Nicholas were washing a dog in the bathtub at the time and the tub was full of water. Olivo claims to have left the bathroom and when he returned, his son was floating in the water. It’s unclear how long he was gone from the bathroom.

“The death is at this time unclassified,” said Det. Aida Fina-Milian of the Miami-Dade Police Department. “Homicide detectives are working on this case actively.”

Crespo also told CBS4 News Oliva didn’t live at the duplex. He was visiting his father from an army base in Georgia. Oliva had recently joined the military and was scheduled to be deployed soon to Germany. He is estranged from the boy’s mother.

The boy’s cousin used the opportunity to urge parents to be safe. “If you have a child don’t leave them unattended, especially in a bathtub or anywhere that could cause danger for them, because they really don’t know, and can’t defend themselves from danger,” said Gutierrez.

The boy lived with his mother in Hialeah.

No charges have been filed.


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