Missing child found dead in trunk of car in Coral Springs

Coral Springs police confirm body is missing boy

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The Broward County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the body of a child found in the trunk of a car in Coral Springs is that of a one-month-old baby reported missing on Thursday night.

Josiah Saintil would have turned two-months-old next week.

A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office said the boy's father, Janus Saintil, 24, was in custody.

Saintil has an extensive criminal history that included armed robbery and grand theft.

Aerial footage from Coral Springs showed the car where the boy was found matched the description of the car  police believed Saintil was last seen in.

An Amber Alert issued for the missing boy late Friday morning was canceled after investigators located the car and the child's body.

The one-month-old boy was last seen before 10 p.m. on Thursday, before Saintil went to a Hess gas station in the 100 block of West Bay Shore Boulevard in Port St. Lucie.

Police said Saintil took the boy's mother and two other people to the gas station and demanded that they withdraw cash from an ATM.

Earlier, investigators said Saintil became angry, pulled out a gun and forced one of the people he was with to drive to St. Lucie County as the group headed to a North Lauderdale Walmart.

According to investigators, Saintil dropped his son off at a home in Port St. Lucie before going to the gas station.

He fled the gas station in a black Kia Spectra after the group yelled for help.

Investigators said it was unclear if Saintil had picked up his son after he fled the gas station or if someone had brought him to him.

They said they were not sure how or where the child died.

When pressed, investigators could not explain why an Amber Alert was issued more than ten hours after the boy was last seen.

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