MANATEE -- No charges will be filed in the death of a 9-year-old Rubonia boy last July after he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle on the street.
Ginobli "Nobi" Yarn was on 14th Avenue East approaching the intersection with 72nd Street Court East at about 7 p.m. July 4 when he rode into the path of a car driven by a 22-year-old Palmetto woman, according to the Florida Highway Patrol reports. Witnesses said the driver was speeding.
At the time of Nobi's death, his family had an open case with the Safe Children's Coalition due to allegations of medical neglect against his mother, Michelle Jordan, that had been verified and that led to the boy being removed from her care. He had been reunited with his mother last February.
Last week, the Department of Children and Families released a child fatality summary after both agencies investigating Nobi's death, they said, closed their cases with no charges being filed.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office Child Protective Investigative Division -- which investigates all allegations of child abuse or neglect in the county -- concluded its investigation on Dec. 28 with "not substantiated findings of death and inadequate supervision as to (redacted) and no indicators of threatened harm as to the surviving siblings."
The report then briefly addresses the other children in the family, listed as ages 5 and 14 with a completely redacted sentence.
"No danger threats were identified as to them and they remain in their mother's care," the report goes on to say.
Despite multiple prior investigations, under the "summary of prior agency involvement with the family," the report only lists the last investigation prior to Nobi's death.
The boy had been removed from his mother's care in July 2014 after verified findings of allegations of medical neglect -- specifically, dental. In February 2015, Nobi was then reunited with his mother.
The verified finding within 12 months of the boy's death prompted a Critical Incident Rapid Response Team to be sent by DCF to review the death case. The CIRRT found several mistakes in how allegations involving the family were handled and how services were provided.
For example, the CIRRT found officials had not properly investigated a May 2015 report of inadequate supervision when they failed to make face-to-face contact with Nobi or his mother.
The Florida Highway Patrol closed its traffic homicide investigation without any arrests or recommended charges against the driver, according to the DCF report. Spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno could not confirm the case was officially closed, saying the report had still not been made public, but that the fatal crash was the result of a violation of right-of-way by the bicyclist.
"Bicyclists are vulnerable users," Bueno said. "Motorists need to be aware they do have the right to the road."
Awareness is key, he said.
"It is imperative to know what the rules are and make sure you respect one another on the road to avoid any unfortunate incidents like that one on July 4, 2015, where someone lost their life," Bueno said.
With children, he also stressed the importance of supervision.
"I think it's important to note parents and caretakers observe their children, make sure they are wearing proper protective gear," Bueno said. "It's an unforgiving mistake if one is made."
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.