Reward Increases in Toddler Death as Gun Violence Condemned

The reward for information that leads to an arrest in the fatal shooting of SW Miami-Dade 2-year-old Carnell Williams-Thomas has reached $37,000.

The reward increase comes as protesters on Friday called for an end to gun violence. Deaths in recent weeks, including those of teenagers, have generated outcry over fatal shootings.

The shooting occurred at 214 Street and SW 114 Court on Dec. 15.

Miami-Dade Police Department Sgt. Carlos Rosario said officers responded to reports of a male shot at 6:19 p.m.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a 2-year-old boy was shot. Carnell was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center but was declared dead, Rosario said.

“Once again we find ourselves mourning the death of a child,” Rosario said, adding that the MDPD will do everything in its ability to “locate the person responsible.”

“We do ask that the community please step in,” Rosario said. “We need your help – we really do.”

In front of cameras at the Miami-Dade Police Headquarters, Carnell’s mom, Dorothy, was holding a stuffed bear she was given at the hospital the night of the murder.

“Somebody knows something,” she said, fighting back tears on Dec. 28. “I need them to say something. They took my baby.”

Carnell’s mom says she has been trying to move from that Southwest Miami-Dade area for about a year after Carnell’s older sister, Lashelle, was shot. Lashelle survived the shooting, but that shooter has not been found.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477 or homicide detective M. Parmenter at 305-471-2400.