Abandoned girl to stay with relative during investigation - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Abandoned girl to stay with relative during investigation

Posted: Updated:
Serenity with Rachel Howell  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Serenity with Rachel Howell (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Fox 2 was there as child care workers did the final walkthrough of baby Serenity's new temporary home.  Her mother told us not seeing her kids will be torture.

"It hurt(s), but it will be all right," Nicole Howell told us.

The 20-year-old said she is being ripped away from her kids.  Social workers issued a no visitation order while they investigate why her one-year-old daughter Serenity was abandoned at a Detroit bus stop, allegedly by her father.

Fox 2 was there for the tearful good-bye.  Serenity cried and tried to open her mother's car door, but she couldn't.

"I don't know what happened.  I talked to him.  Everything was fine.  I talked to my daughter on the phone.  Everything was fine.  He never said anything was wrong, so I don't know where this came from.  I don't want to talk to him.  I don't want to ask him why," her mother explained.

Howell said her only mistake was letting Serenity's father, 20-year-old Omari Stevens, be a part of their child's life.

"I'm a single mom.  I need help.  He didn't have a place to stay, so I welcomed him into my home because I wanted him to be in his child's life, but look at what he did."

Police sources said Stevens has a history of mental illness.  He turned himself in to the psychiatric ward at St. John's Hospital, but gave his family no answers.

"I was told that he's in St. John Hospital.  I don't really know what's going on with that, but the police have caught up with him," said Rachel Howell, Nicole's aunt.

She will have custody of Serenity and her brother until the investigation is complete.  Nicole Howell said it's a tough pill to swallow.

"All she know(s) is me.  I love my kids.  I (would) never do (anything) to harm them.  For what?  I brought them into the world.  If I didn't want them, then I wouldn't have had them."

"Serenity's happy.  She's not really sure what's going on right now, but she's happy to see some familiar faces," Rachel Howell said.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Pensioners approve Detroit bankruptcy plan

    Pensioners approve Detroit bankruptcy plan

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:39:04 GMT
    The city of Detroit says workers and retirees have approved pension cuts, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city reported results Monday after two months of balloting ended July 11. A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.
    The city of Detroit says workers and retirees have approved pension cuts, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The city reported results Monday after two months of balloting ended July 11. A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit's overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.
  • DPD's 6th precinct struck by bullets in drive-by shooting

    DPD's 6th precinct struck by bullets in drive-by shooting

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:06:31 GMT
    Detroit police say bullets struck the 6th Precinct building during a drive-by shooting. This was the same precinct where four officers were shot back in 2011.
    Detroit police say bullets struck the 6th Precinct building during a drive-by shooting. This was the same precinct where four officers were shot back in 2011.
  • City turns down Vinsetta Garage's new parking proposal

    City turns down Vinsetta Garage's new parking proposal

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:31:49 GMT
    Vinsetta Garage, a popular restaurant in Berkley, proposed to tear down several homes and build a parking lot to solve the parking issue in the neighborhood, but the proposal was turned down Monday at city hall.
    Vinsetta Garage, a popular restaurant in Berkley, proposed to tear down several homes and build a parking lot to solve the parking issue in the neighborhood, but the proposal was turned down Monday at city hall.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices