Mom found dead in North Miami Beach apartment; son tells police he stabbed her to death

Kit Darrant was having a party.

As he blasted his music and laughed with friends Tuesday night, however, Darrant was hiding a dark secret.

His mother’s butchered body was decomposing in the next room.

Darrant, a 16-year-old student at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, later told investigators he killed his mother, Renette Emile, 35, because he was angry at her for scolding him about staying out late on a week night.

Then, according to a Miami-Dade police arrest affidavit, he cleaned up the blood, sprinkled her body with deodorizers and laundry detergent and wrapped it in bedsheets.

That was March 27.

Four days later, he threw a party.

For eight days, police said Darrant took care of his 3-year-old brother at their apartment in the sprawling Jade Winds complexnear North Miami, coming and going.

Relatives kept calling, but he told them his mother couldn’t come to the phone.

Finally, his aunt, Rena Emile, stopped by the complex Wednesday night and discovered her sister’s body.

Police said she had been stabbed 14 times.

“He kept making excuses,” Rena Emile said.

According to the Miami-Dade arrest affidavit, Darrant and his mother quarreled about his late hours.

He said he was angry and decided to kill her when she went to bed. He waited, then attacked her by wrapping his hands around her bare neck and choking her until she lost consciousness, the police report said. But his mother, who was face down, would not go easily.

Realizing that she was still breathing, he went into the kitchen, grabbed a butcher knife, returned to the bedroom and stabbed her in the back of the neck, police said. She was still breathing, so Darrant turned her over and stabbed her repeatedly in the chest and arms until she was dead.

His baby brother was sleeping in the next room.

Afterward, Darrant wiped the blood from the knife, removed his soaked clothing and went to sleep, police said.

The next morning, he cleaned up the bedroom covered the body and tried to hide the smell as the body decomposed, authorities said.

Over the next few days, neighbors and security guards at the gated complex noticed Darrant driving his mother’s car at all hours. He played his music loudly and kids were going in and out.

After more than a week, Rena Emile became alarmed and she and a friend drove to the complex. She told the employee in the guardhouse she had a feeling that something was wrong.

“They told me they saw him driving her car with the baby inside and they thought it was odd,” she said.

Even before Emile and her friend entered the apartment, they were immediately hit by the smell.

“It was filthy dirty,’’ Emile said, shivering at the memory. “Me and my girlfriend kicked the door down. We knew right away.”

Darrant returned to the complex as police arrived. He said nothing as he was whisked away, Emile said.

Friends and family said Darrant had been in and out of trouble and that his mother was threatening to put him in a boot camp.

“It was normal teenager stuff, like not following the rules,” said Emile, who said she spoke to her sister frequently.

Despite the mother-son conflicts, Emile said her sister never once mentioned that Darrant was violent or threatened her in any way.

Police, who obtained a search warrant Thursday, visited the apartment earlier this year for a domestic disturbance and reckless driving. Darrant was arrested for trespassing in 2010, police said.

At Krop on Thursday, students said Darrant associated with the skater crowd.

“I know him, but I didn’t think he would do something like this,” said a fellow student.

“This is really a shock,” said another student who has known him since middle school.

Renette Emile worked as a security guard at Jade Winds up until a couple of months ago, her sister said, adding that she was disturbed that fellow security guards didn’t notice something was amiss after seeing her nephew driving his mother’s car with his brother inside.

Neighbors, she said, noticed a foul odor emanating from the apartment, but also didn’t report anything.

“The neighbors said they saw him coming and going and hanging with friends,” Emile said. “I can’t believe that people thought it was odd and never said anything.”

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