A woman in Miami was arrested and charged with abandoning her 2-year-old daughter with an off-duty police officer at a local Hospital. The mother later told police that she did it to keep her daughter off the streets.
Mother Left Toddler With Off-Duty Police Officer
According to reports by Local10, Carolina Vizcarra, 33, left her daughter Tuesday at Mercy Hospital telling the off-duty police officer that she was just going to the restroom but did not come back.
Reports also said that Vizcarra gave the off-duty police officer her daughter’s Social Security Card.
The arrest report stated that the officer followed Vizcarra saying she doesn’t have to do “this” to which she responded and said, “leave me alone” and left the hospital.
Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat said that Vizcarra gave her child to an unknown man who luckily turned out to be a police officer employed by the Miami Police Department. The off-duty police officer immediately called for help, according to Fallat.
Mother Called Detectives ‘Looking For Her Child’
The woman, who left her child in the hospital, was not found immediately despite the issuance of a “be on the lookout” order by police.
According to the arrest report, Vizcarra called a detective at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, saying that she was at the hospital and is looking for her baby girl. She also gave a description of what her daughter was wearing which matched the description on the BOLO.
The report also said that three officers went to the hospital and spoke to Vizcarra. “It’s not like I just left her. It’s a hospital and I was worried for her. I was thinking I am about to sleep on the streets, but not her,” the woman was quoted as saying by Local10.
Mother Charged With Child Abandonment
After leaving her daughter to a stranger, Vizcarra was arrested on a child abandonment charge. Fallat said that they want to know what her mental state was and what she was thinking when she abandoned her daughter at the hospital.
Authorities are still looking for hospital surveillance footage.
Florida’s Safe Haven Law
According to Florida’s Safe Haven Law, only newborns who are not more than a week old can be dropped and left off at a hospital, fire station, or emergency medical services station anonymously without being prosecuted.
On Wednesday, Vizcarra showed a bond to a court stating that she is homeless and is currently in contact with her domestic violence advocate who is trying to get her a house.
The bond was set at $5,000 and according to the judge, she would be released to a program that would help her look for housing.
Vizcarra currently has a stay-away order from her daughter and is not permitted to have any sort of contact with the child.
The two-year-old was in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families until Wednesday after the hearing and was eventually put with her stepmother and step-siblings.