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Jeana (DP)
11-29-2005, 02:06 PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) -- Authorities are searching for the parents of a 3-month-old girl who died last year after her parents allegedly gave her lethal doses of vodka to quiet her crying, police said.

Makeisha Dantus died in 2004 but her parents were not charged until last month. By that time, they had disappeared.

The couple, Mackenson Dantus and Mardala Derival, are wanted on charges of aggravated manslaughter. Authorities said they believe the couple, both Haitian immigrants, were still in Florida.


http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/11/29/vodka.baby.ap/index.html

SewingDeb
11-29-2005, 02:13 PM
My God! What were they thinking. This is from your link, Jeana:
Former Medical Examiner Dr. Ronald Wright said that for a baby to ingest that much alcohol would be the equivalent of a 160-pound adult drinking 18 beers.

According to a police report, the final autopsy showed that the child had been fed fatal doses of alcohol shortly before her death and her liver indicated severe buildup of excess fat due to alcohol consumption.

Jeana (DP)
11-29-2005, 02:22 PM
Makes you want to punch them dead in the face doesn't it? I'll betcha $50, they've got another kid by now.

Amraann
11-29-2005, 02:30 PM
I heard this on the local news this morning..


All I can say is WTF?? Why soo long to issue the warrant??

I would think the very moment they realized the baby died due to alcohol poisoning they would be arrested??

SadieMae
11-29-2005, 02:43 PM
I don't understand why it took a YEAR to find alcohol in the baby's system???!! The BAC would show up in a simple blood test wouldn't it? I agree, they probably DO already have another kid. I despise people like them!!!

mysteriew
11-29-2005, 02:58 PM
Jeana, sounds like another canidate for your mandatory sterilization project!

Jeana (DP)
11-29-2005, 03:05 PM
Jeana, sounds like another canidate for your mandatory sterilization project!


I'm going to need to be careful about that. Paul McCartney will probably boycott me. ;)

SewingDeb
11-30-2005, 01:19 AM
Makes you want to punch them dead in the face doesn't it? I'll betcha $50, they've got another kid by now.

This is either sheer stupidity or pure evil. Either way it does make me want to punch them dead in the face.

They probably do have another child by now. Poor thing. :(

mysteriew
12-01-2005, 12:48 PM
Child-abuse investigators removed a second child from the home of a Fort Lauderdale couple accused of killing their 3-month-old daughter by giving her formula mixed with vodka.

Less than a year after Makeisha died, Derival gave birth to another child.

But the child was not left in the couple's care for long. Child-protective deputies with the Broward Sheriff's Office removed the child in December 2004, shortly after birth, said Veda Coleman-Wright, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. She did not know the sex of the child and declined to say with whom the child was placed.

But charges in her death were not filed until October of this year. Detective Kathleen Collins, spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, said detectives had the couple under surveillance until August of this year, when they lost contact.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-cbabyfolo01dec01,0,5307609.story?coll=sfla-news-broward

LButler
12-02-2005, 11:31 AM
Heard on the radio (sorry I don't have a link to this) that this little girl had alcohol in her system equivolent to an average adult drinking 18 beers!!

Intentional or not, these people are not good candidates for parenthood!!

SewingDeb
12-02-2005, 02:06 PM
Less than a year after Makeisha died, Derival gave birth to another child.



Well, that answers that. I'm glad they took that baby away.

mysteriew
12-02-2005, 03:57 PM
Mardala Derival and Mackenson Dantus calmly walked into a New Jersey police station Thursday shortly after 12:30 p.m. and asked an officer to call a Fort Lauderdale police detective.

Derival, 22, and Dantus, 25, did not explain why they were trying to reach Fort Lauderdale Detective John Curcio, but Dantus insisted the officer place the call.

When an officer at the Trenton, N.J., station ran an arrest search, it became clearer why the couple had wandered in. The two were wanted on aggravated manslaughter charges in the alcohol-poisoning death of their 3-month-old daughter, Makeisha.
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/13306648.htm

2luvmy
12-02-2005, 04:39 PM
According to police documents released Tuesday, test results on the infant revealed that the child was fed a little over an ounce of vodka shortly before her death.

:slap:

Belinda
07-25-2010, 09:11 AM
Monday, September 1, 2008

Emotion overcame Mardala Derival, 24, and Mackenson Dantus, 27, as a Broward County jury acquitted them Friday of manslaughter in their 3-month-old daughter's death.

Makeisha died on Valentine's Day 2004 with a blood-alcohol level that authorities said would have been nearly six times the legal limit for a driver. While the Fort Lauderdale couple was found not guilty of killing their daughter, they were found guilty of child abuse for giving vodka to the feverish baby as a Haitian home remedy.

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When Makeisha died, she had pneumonia and a bacterial infection, according to a forensic pathologist for the defense.

Much more at link:
http://fosterfamilytalk.blogspot.com/2008/09/haitian-home-remedy-results-in-couple.html


Mackenson Dantus

Jury Trial
Manslaughter - Not Guilty
Child Abuse - Guilty
Sentence Date: 09/03/2008

Offense: Child Abuse
Sentence: 5 years Probation

Mardala Derival

Jury Trial
Manslaughter - Not Guilty
Child Abuse - Guilty
Sentence Date: 09/03/2008

Offense: Child Abuse
Sentence: 5 years Probation

ETA: They did spend approximately 2 years 9 months in custody awaiting trial.

gogrannypop
07-25-2010, 10:10 AM
Are you kidding me? 5 years probation. I have no words. Thank you, Belinda, for providing these updates. :hug: