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Screams ring out as paramedics try in vain to save Miami girl, 2 ‘her throat cut by her father’, terrifying new dashcam footage shows


Blood-curdling screams erupted as paramedics rushed to save the toddler after her father allegedly cut her throat and left her for dead.

Jerónimo Duran is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse of his two-year-old daughter, Melody Alana Rose Duran.

Cameras at a neighbor’s house caught Duran taking the little girl to his home in Pembroke Pines, south of Miami, on Tuesday morning, footage obtained by NBC6 shows.

Duran, 33, left the house at 7:08 a.m. to pick up Melody from his mother Mona Rosita Clarke’s house and returned at 7:24 a.m.

Jerónimo Duran is accused of murdering his two-year-old daughter, Melody Alana Rose Duran. They are pictured with the girl’s mother, Mona Rosita Clarke

Agonizing screams could be heard on neighbour's CCTV footage coming from the house as paramedics arrived and rushed Melody to hospital

Agonizing screams could be heard on a neighbour’s CCTV footage coming from the house as paramedics arrived and rushed Melody to hospital.

The accused murderer’s father got out of the car and walked slowly to the other side, seemingly distracted and deep in thought.

Melody’s grandmother, Hilda Carballo, arrived at 9:32 a.m. in her gray SUV and went inside the home, where she said it was a distressing scene.

Carballo allegedly saw Duran «on top» of Melody and «noticed that the child did not appear to be breathing,» police said.

In a panic, she called 911 and said ‘I need an ambulance fast’.

«I’ll send an ambulance, but I need to know what’s going on,» one dispatcher replied.

“I think the girl is unconscious. I do not know what’s happening. The girl is pale and unresponsive,” the grandmother said in Spanish.

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Another called paramedics to ‘advise she was pale and unresponsive’.

When Duran arrived home with Melody, he got out of the car and slowly wandered to the other side, seemingly distracted and lost in thought.

When Duran arrived home with Melody, he got out of the car and slowly wandered to the other side, seemingly distracted and lost in thought.

Melody's grandmother, Hilda Carballo, arrived at 9:32 a.m. in her gray SUV and went inside the home to what she said was a harrowing scene.

Melody’s grandmother, Hilda Carballo, arrived at 9:32 a.m. in her gray SUV and went inside the home to what she said was a harrowing scene.

A neighbor’s cameras caught a black Mercedes sedan speeding up to the house at 9:44 a.m. and Jorge Carballo, Duran’s stepfather, sprinting to the door.

He gave Melody CPR while he and Hilda Carballo waited for an ambulance to arrive about three minutes later.

An agonized scream could be heard in the footage coming from the house.

Police and paramedics found Melody’s throat cut and took her to hospital, but she did not survive.

Officers found a bloody knife nearby and arrested Duran.

«Detectives were able to establish probable cause to charge him with first degree murder,» said Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant Jason Palant.

A neighbor's cameras caught a black Mercedes sedan speeding up to the house at 9:44 a.m. and Jorge Carballo, Duran's stepfather, sprinting to the door.

A neighbor’s cameras caught a black Mercedes sedan speeding up to the house at 9:44 a.m. and Jorge Carballo, Duran’s stepfather, sprinting to the door.

In May of last year, Clarke filed a motion for full custody of Melody, detailing Duran's terrifying mental breakdown.  She requested supervised visits for Duran, but the court granted him unsupervised visits — and he allegedly killed her during one.

In May of last year, Clarke filed a motion for full custody of Melody, detailing Duran’s terrifying mental breakdown. She requested supervised visits for Duran, but the court granted him unsupervised visits — and he allegedly killed her during one.

“He was interviewed by detectives, he spoke to detectives, and his statement helped lead to probable cause for his arrest.

“However, we do not have a motive at this time.

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Duran and Clarke were together for about 10 years before breaking up last year.

Clarke captioned their first photo together on April 21, 2014: “He’s the reason for my happiness. I love my lion.’

Other photos show her dancing at a costume party dressed as a banana and a fairytale princess, celebrating Clarke’s pregnancy in 2021.

Melody was born in November 2021 and the couple seemed happy to become parents for the first time.

The couple had been together for 10 years.  Clarke captioned this first photo of them together on April 21, 2014: “He's the reason for my happiness.  I love my lion.'

The couple had been together for 10 years. Clarke captioned this first photo of them together on April 21, 2014: “He’s the reason for my happiness. I love my lion.’

Melody was born in November 2021 and the couple seemed happy to become parents for the first time

Melody was born in November 2021 and the couple seemed happy to become parents for the first time

But in May last year, Clarke filed a motion for full custody of Melody, detailing Duran’s terrifying mental breakdown.

«Father suffers from mental illness … paranoia and anger issues (hitting the wall),» it read.

“He also suffers from anxiety and … his behavior is erratic, aggressive, violent and dangerous to the mother and minor child.

«Father abused the family dog ​​(punched him in the face)… father has suicidal thoughts and has heard a voice in the past to end his life.»

Duran «forced the mother into the bedroom with the baby in her arms and slammed the fan,» the document states.

Clarke also alleged in his motion that he «abused the family dog ​​and punched it in the face.»

Duran was charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse

Duran was charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse

Police cordon off the scene in Pembroke Pines, south of Miami

Police cordon off the scene in Pembroke Pines, south of Miami

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She asked that Duran have a psychological evaluation because he «heard voices to end his life, some when the child was alone with him.»

Clarke wanted Duran to complete an eight-week parenting course and for the court to appoint a guardian ad litem for Melody to help with supervised visits.

But the court granted Duran unsupervised visits in March, and on Tuesday he allegedly killed her during one of them.

Duran faced arraignment Thursday in a self-harm protective vest, where he was ordered held without bail at the Broward County Jail.

Palant said Duran could face additional charges as the investigation continues.



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