NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida couple faces manslaughter charges in connection with the tragic death of a 4-year-old girl, Jocelyn Taylor Rolle, who was shot by her 3-year-old brother in their Northwest Miami-Dade home.
The incident occurred on Nov. 5 in the 8100 block of Northwest 21st Avenue. According to police, Jocelyn and her younger brother were left alone in a room with no supervision.
Convicted felon Quavanta Ennels, 25, appeared in court on Tuesday where a judge set Ennels’ bond at $815,000. Krystal Banegas, Jocelyn Taylor-Rolle’s mother, was also charged with her daughter’s death.
Police said that Ennels or Banegas “placed the victims in the bedroom with the door closed and without any supervision.”
A gunshot was heard, and when they entered the room, they found Jocelyn with a gunshot wound to the head. The arrest report revealed that a 9mm semi-automatic gun was discovered on the kitchen floor, with a loaded extended magazine hidden in a garbage bin.
“A black extended magazine loaded with 10 9mm cartridges was discovered hidden inside of a garbage bin,” the arrest report states.
Despite Ennels claiming the gun was stored in a backpack, the children informed investigators that it was left on a table. Authorities suspect the gun was placed in the room with the children, loaded.
According to court documents, the home was also described as filthy, with evidence of cockroaches and a rat.
Ennels and Banegas are each facing manslaughter charges and three counts of child neglect. Banegas, the mother of the victim, has not been arrested yet.
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