On his mother’s Facebook page, Ghanson Debrosse is the picture of a healthy, carefree boy, grinning broadly, his hands shoved jauntily into the pockets of his baggy jeans.
But behind the brilliant smile was a life of torment and pain.
According to police, Ghanson was burned by his mom with a lighter when he urinated on the floor. He was beaten with an aluminum broom handle when he soiled himself. He was hurled across a room and hit a table.
The abuse went on until he could endure no more. He died Tuesday.
At 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Caze called 911, saying her son was not breathing. After fire rescue arrived at the home in the 12500 block of Northeast 13th Avenue, the boy was rushed to Jackson North Medical Center, where doctors said he had been dead for at least three hours, according to police.
Caze initially told police that when she picked up her toddler two weeks ago from the airport after he spent some time in Haiti with relatives, he showed signs of abuse. After about 12 hours of questioning, Caze admitted to beating and torturing her child, Cuevas said.
For Cuevas, the details of the case were heartbreaking. He said it’s hard to believe no one saw the signs of abuse and reported them to authorities.