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.
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.
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.
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.”