Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 19-9-2 (19-5-29)

BSO Case Number: 15-1905-001610 (Update)

Date: May 22, 2019

Time: 9:33 p.m.

Jurisdiction: North Lauderdale

Place of Occurrence:  1200 S.W. 52nd Ave, North Lauderdale

Victim(s): Ja’Kye Joseph, 6, 9/10/12, male, 1200 S.W. 52nd Ave., North Lauderdale (DECEASED)

                Branario Minto, 5, 10/30/13, male, 1200 S.W. 52nd Ave., North Lauderdale (DECEASED) 

Suspect(s): John Louis Lynn Jr, 24, 9/14/94, male, 4435 Treehouse Lane, Tamarac

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives have arrested a Tamarac man for the death of two young brothers who drowned earlier this year after venturing into a pool at the Silver Palms Condominiums in North Lauderdale.


John Louis Lynn Jr. was arrested Tuesday morning, September 3, and faces two counts of aggravated manslaughter of a child. Detectives said Lynn failed to provide proper care and supervision for the brothers, which made him responsible for their deaths.


At approximately 9:30 p.m., on May 22, 2019, family members discovered Ja’Kye Joseph, 6, and his 5-year-old brother, Branario Minto, submerged in the pool. They pulled them from the water, began CPR and called for help.


When first responders arrived, the boys were non-responsive. North Lauderdale Fire Rescue transported the brothers to Northwest Medical Center where they were pronounced dead.


Investigators said surveillance video shows the victims unsupervised and running to the pool area at approximately 7:16 p.m.  Detectives said the 9-1-1 call was received at 9:33 p.m., and the brothers had been submerged under water for almost two hours prior to being found.


Detectives have obtained an additional arrest warrant for the victims’ mother, Wildline Joseph.  Anyone who knows Joseph’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Regional Communications Division at (954) 764-4357, Homicide Det. Barbara Dyer at (954) 321-4262 or call Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.


Homicide Det. B. Dyer
Criminal Investigations


Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir of PIO
09/05/2019  1800