Tristin Tavares Bernard, 18, was arrested early this morning and charged with attempted second-degree murder, aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm & torture, and aggravated battery. Allegedly Bernard beat the three year-old girl with a brick inside of a recycling bin. He then left her there for dead, bleeding from her head.
Thursday evening, police were called to a neighborhood in Miami Gardens after a neighbor witnessed Bernard beating the child. Relatives of Bernard told officers that he is mentally unstable.
The child was in the care of her grandmother when the incident occurred. According to grandma, she lost track of the child. The child’s identity is being withheld at this time. She is currently in critical condition at The Joe DeMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, FL.
Bernard is currently in jail, being held on a $42,500 bond.