Detectives with the Miami Police Special Victims Unit have arrested Eddson Aldenis Berrios for child neglect. Berrios, 39, is accused of failing to properly care for a 22-month-old toddler who was severely attacked by his dog while he was babysitting.
According to Miami police, the girl was being watched by Berrios on Feb. 27 of this year when she was bitten by a dog. Instead of providing immediate medical services to the victim, Berrios attempted to tend to the child’s wounds at home, which included multiple cuts and a broken bone.
After two hours, the babysitter realized that the wounds were more serious than he could address and he phoned the mother of the girl. He then took the girl to pick up her mother. They drove past one hospital before arriving at Miami Children’s Hospital 3 1/2 hours after the injuries occurred.
During the investigations, Miami police detectives also learned that Berrios had initially lied about how the girl was bitten, saying that the bites were from a stray dog the child had received while he was holding her in his arms at a park near his home. He later admitted to police that he had made up the story; that the dog who bit the girl was his own dog and that the girl had been bitten at his home. According to the official complaint, Berrios admitted to police that he initially lied because he was afraid.
Berrios has been charged with one count each of child neglect, child neglect (medical services) and giving a false report to law enforcement. He is being held without bond pending an initial court appearance.
By Jennifer Pfalz
Miami Police Department Press Release
Miami Police Department Complaint/Arrest Affidavit