Trigger: Mention of child's death and harm done to a child.
One man is facing serious charges after committing a particularly violent act against a child.
In West Palm Beach, Florida, a man was arrested after beating his girlfriend's son to death. The accused has been identified as 28-year-old Octavious Wiggins, and the little boy was 23-month-old Jeremiah Malachi Bradshaw. But that's not all- Wiggins' girlfriend and Jeremiah's mother, 25-year-old Stephanie Robinson- is also facing legal trouble related to the case.
The incident originally took place on November 1st, 2018. According to Wiggins, he "blacked out" when he beat up little Jeremiah. But Jeremiah's five-year-old sibling (who hasn't been identified in the media) said that "Tay" (AKA Wiggins) gave the baby a "whooping" after he had fallen into the road. When Robinson returned home, she discovered that her baby boy was "completely limp". She called 911, and Jeremiah was promptly taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center. He would end up passing away on November 24th, 2018. The extent of his injuries hasn't been revealed.
Worse, it appears as though this tragic situation could've been prevented. Robinson and the Florida Department of Children and Families previously filed restraining orders against Wiggins from Jeremiah. This took place after he broke the infant's arm back in June of 2018. Wiggins claimed that he yanked Jeremiah off a bed, and that caused part of the bed to collapse and break his arm. Riviera Beach police investigated the case, and would later say in September that they had sufficient evidence to arrest Wiggins for aggravated child abuse. But right now, it's unknown if it'll be pursued further.
The Department of Children and Families recently admitted that their plan to keep Jeremiah safe was "insufficient". They said that it was due to Robinson's unwillingness to stay away from Wiggins. She also refused to do whatever they asked of her. Worse, social workers didn't revamp this safety plan despite the fact that it should've. As a result, Robinson was arrested last week and charged with child neglect. She has since been released on bond.
As for Wiggins, he was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and of child abuse. He refused to appear before a judge for his bail hearing. As a result, he'll stay in the Palm Beach County Jail. It's unknown when he's due back in court, as well as whether or not he's or Robinson have retained lawyers.
Our thoughts are with little Jeremiah, as well as his surviving family. Here's hoping that justice will be served for the little guy.