| Oct 14, 2009
| 4:22 PM
The near-fatal burning this week of a 15-year-old, for which five other teens have been charged, is only the latest in South Florida's litany of ruthless juvenile crime.
In other underage cases:
June 2007: A gang of 10, mostly teens with the youngest...
| Oct 16, 2009
| 8:59 AM
The Broward Sheriff's Office this morning released terrifying recordings of 911 calls it received from people reporting the burning of Deerfield Beach teenager Michael Brewer earlier this week.
Brewer, 15, can be heard howling in agony Monday afternoon...
| Oct 16, 2009
| 12:13 PM
The question of Michael Brewer's survival is an unspoken undercurrent in conversations between doctors and his family, said Dr. Nicholas Namias, director of the Burn Center.
"As far as families are concerned, only two survival statistics matter: 100...
| Oct 21, 2009
| 3:42 PM
Patti Gendron doesn't know for sure if 15-year-old Michael Brewer heard her.
As the heavily sedated Deerfield Beach boy lay in his hospital bed at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Burn Center earlier this week, his great-aunt gently held his hand to tell...
| Oct 22, 2009
| 5:11 PM
The lead doctor treating burn victim Michael Brewer said Thursday that the Deerfield Beach teenager is showing progress, and that while doctors are cautious about being too optimistic, they haven't yet seen the infections or complications that often...
| Oct 24, 2009
| 6:17 PM
The youngest of the five teenagers accused of surrounding their Deerfield Beach schoolmate last week and setting him on fire cannot legally be tried as an adult, the lead prosecutor on the case said Friday.
Jeremy Jarvis, 13, is too young to be tried...
| Oct 25, 2009
By the time they reached Deerfield Beach Middle School, four of the five young teenagers accused of setting a classmate on fire had already grown up in a fractured world where crime or violence was a fact of life.
Most were raised in families in which...
| Nov 2, 2009
| 3:50 PM
The teenagers accused of surrounding Michael Brewer and setting him on fire will have to be released from custody after Nov. 12 unless prosecutors charge them as adults, officials said today.
Judges on Monday granted a nine-day extension for the...
| Oct 31, 2009
| 11:04 AM
Touched by the plight of the Deerfield Beach teenager who was recently surrounded by schoolmates and set on fire, donors continue to come forward to support Michael Brewer and his family.
In one night this week, patrons and staff at Galuppi's in...
| Nov 4, 2009
| 4:24 PM
They were friends once.
It wasn't too long ago that Michael Brewer would hang out with Denver and Jeremy Jarvis, his schoolmates at Deerfield Beach Middle School.
But now the Jarvis brothers are among five teenagers accused of taunting Brewer for...
| Nov 10, 2009
The three teenagers accused of setting fire to Michael Brewer last month were denied bail this morning after being charged as adults.
Jesus Mendez, 16, Matthew Bent, 15, and Denver Jarvis, 15, are charged with second-degree attempted murder.
| Nov 10, 2009
To his family, Matthew Bent was a busy child with a bright future.
The 15-year-old Pompano Beach boy mowed neighbors' lawns, volunteered with yard sales at church, did his homework and was an avid basketball player, his family said.