A 16-year-old has confessed to killing his mother after her decomposing body was found Wednesday night on the 1800 block of NE 191 Street, according to Miami-Dade Police.
After concerned calls from a boyfriend who hadn't seen the woman in more than a week, police found 35-year-old Renette Emile dead inside a bedroom on Jade Winds Apartments' fourth floor with "obvious signs of decomposition," police say.
Her 16-year-old son Kit Darrant and his 3-year-old brother had been living in the apartment for more than a week with their mother's corpse, reports WSVN7.
Police spokesperson Javier Baez said that after Darrant was detained for questioning, he confessed to killing his mother.
A Jade Winds neighbor told NBC Miami that Darrant had been previously arrested for vandalism and his mother sent him to boot camp, adding that he had also been selling a TV and other household items out of the apartment earlier in the week.
Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta confirmed that last month, officers responded to Emile's apartment after a domestic disturbance and last week after Darrant was reported "driving recklessly" in the parking lot, according to Local10.
"He's been a troubled kid," Chris Thomb, a friend of the family, told CBS Miami. "His mom tried to steer him in the right direction."
The 3-year-old is now under the care of family members and police are waiting on reports from the Medical Examiner's office to release cause of death.