An internal investigation has been launched after Florida parents say their child was injured while in police custody after a police-involved shooting. The Pensacola Police Department Police SWAT officers executed a search warrant last Thursday morning. According to WEAR-TV 3, 24-year-old Corey Marioneaux Jr. has been charged for shooting at one of the SWAT officers after they rammed his door.
Marioneaux Jr.’s two children ages 1 and 3 were inside the home at the time of the incident . The family claims Marioneaux Jr. shot at the officers because he feared they were intruders. The news station sat down with the kids’ mother, Moiya Dixon.
“I was woken up by a phone call,” Dixon said, who co-parents with Marioneaux Jr. Last Thursday at 5 a.m., the children — Caion and Cylen — were sleep with their dad at home. Dixon said she was asleep at her own home. She got a phone call, where family told her what they knew. The told her the 1-year-old was injured.
“I get out my car like, ‘Where’s my baby? Where’s my baby?’” Dixon said. “And I get my baby and I see his face — and it’s almost unrecognizable compared to how he looked when I left him last.”
According to WEAR-TV:
A picture shows the 1-year-old’s nose and lip swollen, a scrape on his lip, scratches on his nose and several bumps on his forehead. Dixon’s first thought — “Who did this?”
On Monday, the Pensacola Police Department sent Channel 3 a statement on the child’s injuries.
The department claims both kids were in the backseat of a car with an investigator. The investigator got out of the car.
Upon returning, Pensacola Police says the investigator didn’t notice the child leaning on the door. When the investigator opened it, police say the child fell out of the car.
“The child was checked by EMS for injuries. Both children were later released to family members,” Pensacola Police goes on to say in its statement.
Escambia County tells Channel 3 that EMS was called out at 6:40 a.m. for a hemorrhage and laceration on a toddler. They arrived six minutes later.
The county couldn’t specify what EMS saw and said. But it claims the call was canceled 20 minutes later.
The toddler was not taken to the hospital by EMS — so Dixon took him herself. Dozens of pages of paperwork from the hospital document the child’s injuries after CAT scans and x-rays.
Dixon claims the Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating. DCF has not yet confirmed this with Channel 3.
Chief Randall has since met with Dixon in-person right after her news interview and “had a conversation with her,” according to police. Dixon said he apologized and promised to investigate what happened.
“It’s been very disturbing and overwhelming not knowing the truth of what happened to my 1-year-old,” Dixon said. “My 3-year-old is traumatized,” she added. “He keeps having to tell the story of what his 3-year-old brain can comprehend of what happened to his baby brother. That is horrifying.”
Marioneaux Jr. faces a charge of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer — which he lost his job over.
“On top of all of his charges, he has to also think, ‘Now somebody hurt my baby,’” Dixon said. Marioneaux Jr. doesn’t have a criminal record. Pensacola Police says he is not a suspect in the January shooting investigation that led police to his home last Thursday morning.