Mom Accused of Torturing 3-Year-Old to Death Called 911 Herself

Fafane CazeEvery time Fafane Caze's 3-year-old son urinated on the floor, police say she would burn him. If he defecated, police say the 21-year-old mother would beat her toddler son with a broom. And on the last day of his life, cops say the Florida mother threw her toddler across the room, then called 911 when his little body slammed into a table and he began struggling for breath.

It's the sort of story that leaves you asking: why? Why did this woman keep this child in her life at all? Why didn't she call social services three years ago and say, "Sorry, I can't do this. Here. He's yours."

Would it have been an easy decision? Surely not, but it's one any of us can respect. It's one that ... in the scheme of things, makes sense.

Emergency workers responding to a 911 call, only to find a toddler whose entire body is marked with evidence of long-standing abuse? That doesn't make sense.

Not when the better options exist.

All 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, have safe haven laws that allow parents to give up infants. As the children get older, it gets harder, sure, but it's not impossible. Pick up the phone. Call an adoption agency. They will walk you through the process, and at no cost to you.

I make it sound easier than it actually is, I'm sure, but surely it is in comparison to burning a wriggling 3-year-old with a lighter. To looking a defenseless toddler in the eyes and beating him with a broom. To taking an innocent child and throwing them across a room. To torturing them to the point of death. To having to call 911 and report your child is dying ... and be dragged off to jail.

Fafane Caze faces aggravated child abuse charges, and a judge has ruled that a new charge of attempted felony murder should be added. Depending on the autopsy of her son, it could even be changed to murder.

That poor little boy deserved so much better. 

What do you think should be done with Fafane Caze if she's convicted?


Image via Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department

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redK8... redK8blueSt8

When we as a society began to validate killing the child rather than giving it up for adoption as a demanded "choice" for women to make, we set up a spiral effect of dehumanizing children. When we a a society began to view children as a burden rather than a gift, and pawn the daily raising of those children off to hired strangers, we set up a spiral effect of not knowing the normal behaviors of children and how to properly deal with them. When we as a society began empowering women by emasculating and negating the necessity of men/fathers we set up a spiral effect of men abandoning women to single parenthood.

It's a tragedy all around, and it goes back generations to choices made with horrific unintended side effects.

IKnow... IKnow0101

I started crying so hard right now. This poor baby. Why do people do this?

Shannon Elysabeth Mundorff

I agree with redK8blueSt8 on everything. But I have to point out, that unfortunately, many people have children and don't give them up because they WANT something to abuse. So even with safe haven laws and adoption, there are some simply sick evil people that like hurting infants and children. I don't know how we solve that problem. There was a story on the Stir recently about a couple who got married and had children for the sole purpose of the father being able to rape them. Honestly I think the only way to stop these horrrible people is to make the penalty for child abuse, murder, and rape, to be the death penalty. No other punishments. If you abuse your child, you don't get second chances, you don't get a case plan, you don't get parenting classes, You. Get. The. Death. Penalty. End of story.

Caitlin Whipple

redK8blueSt8-- implying the choice of abortion is what snowballed into psychopaths murdering toddlers is ridiculous. Maybe if she had an abortion this poor boy never would have been born to a hateful woman and had to live his 3 years only knowing abuse...

nonmember avatar D

This woman deserve the death penalty. I have a 2 year old son and the idea of somebody doing something so horrible makes me SO angry! If she doesn't get death row, put her in with the general population and sterilize her.

Alejandra Santos-Coleman

I think someone 3 times her size should beat her with a broom stick then burn her and throw her across the room for each time she did that to her child..... This makes me sick....You say why didnt she turn him in to authorities well thats simple alot of these women get financial assistance from the goverment so if she turned him in she wouldnt get her check!!!!! And im not sure if she was or not on public assistance but I can almost guarantee thats the case

nonmember avatar K R

OK..Im going to say something that will probably get me thrown to the wolves...but until this country stops making welfare and cash assitance a CAREER option..these people are just going to keep popping out kids they dont want just for the $$$$$. I work in an OB/GYN clinic in a very poverty stricken area of Michigan. 50% of my patients come in with repeat pregnancies, dont take care of the kids they have, smack them, scream at them, abuse them... just because they get free food, cash and healthcare from our government. And the sad part is that most of these "women" make more in welfare and cash assistance that I make and I work full-time and go to school full-time along with being a single mom of a 6 year old. They come up with every excuse in the book as to why they cant work. Until this country stops giving hand outs to people who just dont want to work and pop out kids they dont want so they get more $$$ every month...this will never end. This woman deserves EVERY bad thing thats going to happen to her in prison. RIP sweet baby boy!

nonmember avatar Jessica

People often do not choose to put even unwanted children up for adoption because family/friends are not supportive or even hostile to doing so, making them feel that they have no choice other than to keep a child they do not want and resent. We really need to work on celebrating women who have the courage to give their kids a better shot.
I agree that this is a prime example of a woman who, since she was clearly unwilling to put her child up for adoption, should have had an abortion.

00NoW... 00NoWay00

So, Caitlin, killing the child earlier rather than later would have solved the issue?  Uh-huh.  Maybe he would not have been abused, but he still would have been murdered.

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