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Man Allegedly Leaves His Newborn Son in the Trunk to Die

A man is being charged with murder after leaving his baby son in the trunk of a car.  Police say the baby was likely alive before dying in the man’s custody.

The 7-week-old son of a Deerfield Beach man charged with first-degree murder in the infant’s death was left briefly Thursday night in a home on Southwest Parma Street, but investigators believe the baby left Port St. Lucie alive before dying inside the trunk of a stolen car in Broward County.

Police in Coral Springs arrested Janus Saintil Jr., 24, of Deerfield Beach, shortly after 3 p.m. Friday. He was being held without bond Saturday in the Broward County jail on charges that include four counts of armed kidnapping, armed carjacking, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and an armed robbery warrant unrelated to the case.

According to the Broward County arrest report, a Coral Springs police officer checked the trunk of the stolen black 2008 Kia when Saintil was arrested and found baby Josiah Saintil dead in a car seat, covered by a diaper bag and blanket. The officer also found a loaded black semi-automatic pistol on the driver’s side floor of the car.

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