Abandoned girl to stay with relative during investigation - FOX 32 News Chicago

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>>

  • All you need to know: Arts, Beats and Eats 2014

    All you need to know: Arts, Beats and Eats 2014

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:44:11 GMT
    Celebrating its 17th year and returning to the bustling streets of Royal Oak from Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, Ford Arts, Beats Eats presented by FirstMerit Bank will entertain thousands of visitors from across the region with its outstanding music line-up, stellar arts programming, mouthwatering selection of food, and a number of new attractions this Labor Day weekend.
    Celebrating its 17th year and returning to the bustling streets of Royal Oak from Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, Ford Arts, Beats Eats presented by FirstMerit Bank will entertain thousands of visitors from across the region with its outstanding music line-up, stellar arts programming, mouthwatering selection of food, and a number of new attractions this Labor Day weekend.
  • All You Need to Know: Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

    All You Need to Know: Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:56:12 GMT
    The Michigan State Fair is kicking off in Novi with carnival rides, circus shows and farm animals. Located off Grand River, the fair opens Friday Aug. 29 to Labor Day Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    The Michigan State Fair is kicking off in Novi with carnival rides, circus shows and farm animals. Located off Grand River, the fair opens Friday Aug. 29 to Labor Day Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Detroit police believe three shootings gang-related

    Detroit police believe three shootings gang-related

    Friday, August 29 2014 8:15 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:15:04 GMT
    In total there has been three shootings within 12 hours and two miles of each other - and police believe there is a connection.
    In total there has been three shootings within 12 hours and two miles of each other - and police believe there is a connection.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

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