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branon-banks died last week in the care of a foster parent. craig dickens initially told police that daevon fell from his crib -- but that wasn't true. thanks for joining us, i'm denise valdez. ((dave courvoisier)) and i'm dave courvoisier. dickens later admitted to throwing the boy to the floor multiple times -- when he was drunk. only on 8, shakala alvaranga shares daevon's story. ((shakala alvaranga)) >> an innocent child caught in the middle. daevon branon-banks was rushed to the hospital last week. his foster parent, craig dickens, was initially charged with child abuse. now, it's murder. >>> ramona branon, victim's grandmother "he had a special light about him, you know. he was an angel. i really think he was an angel sent from god." ((shakala alvaranga)) daevon branon was laid to rest this morning. his contagious smile and laugh... is already missed. ramona branon, victim's grandmother "it just seems so unfair... that this had to happen to him. he was so precious." ((shakala alvaranga)) daevon fought for his life for two days before he died. gabrielle branon, victim's mother "i prayed hard and i prayed long and i never left his side but tuesday evening... late evening his little heart stopped." ((shakala alvaranga)) police records detail a heartbreaking encounter. daevon was tossed from the bathroom to a window... twice... hitting the floor. 34-year-old craig dickens blamed his inexplicable actions... on alcohol. ramona branon, victim's grandmother "i had to fly 12 hours to get home... and i went to the hospital and we stayed up there until he took his last breath." ((shakala alvaranga)) daevon was placed in foster care in late april... after someone accused his mother gabrielle of driving daevon while high. according to the department of family services, the branon's were placed under formal supervision. a family friend -- craig dickens and his wife were taking care of daevon. four months later, daevon died. gabrielle branon, victim's mother "i won't see him again, that he won't get to run into my arms again and i won't be able to kiss my baby again because somebody took that away from me." ((shakala alvaranga)) ramona branon was trying to gain custody of daevon. her biggest question... how did this happen. ramona branon, victim's grandmother "we didn't put our hands and hurt our baby, someone else did that... craig did that." >>> ((shakala alvaranga)) >> the branon's hope this tragedy will bring awareness to similiar situations. dave? /// ((dave courvoisier)) >>>




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