MIAMI, Fla. – A Florida woman is in custody after allegedly leaving her young child alone and hungry inside a locked home, police said on Tuesday.
Police in Miami were shocked when they discovered a young boy left without to his own devices without food or water inside a scorching-hot house.
According to a report from the Miami Herald, officers dispatched to a call of a child screaming. When the units arrived, they found that there were bars on the windows and the door had been nailed in a way that prevented it from being opened from the inside. They said that they could hear the child “yelling for help” from inside the home.
“The unit entered the premises and noticed there was no telephone, no drinking water and no food to eat,” an officer wrote in the report.
The young boy allegedly was left in the residence without food, water or air conditioning and could not open the door to get outside.
“The house was hot, with no air conditioning, no windows open, no access to ventilation, had empty beer bottles and cigarette butts on the floor,” the officer wrote.
The boy’s mother was identified as Claudia Maldonado-Vasquez. While officers tried to track her down, DCF reportedly took the young boy into their care for protective custody.
Investigating officers got into contact with Maldonado-Vasquez, but they say when they identified themselves as the police, she hung up the phone.
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They attempted to track her down at a location she was reportedly supposed to be at, but when officers arrived she had already left. Eventually, a cruiser was able to pull Maldonado-Vasquez over and bring her to the Special Victims Unit office for questioning.
She told officers she works nights and had left the boy in the care of her cousin, according to the police report. She said her cousin was supposed to drop the boy off in the morning but she had overslept and missed her cousin’s calls.
The 24-year-old mother was later charged with child neglect with no bodily harm.
The unit entered the premises and noticed there was no telephone, no drinking water and no food to eat.
Police say Maldonado-Vasquez was drug tested by the Department of Children and Families and she tested positive for cocaine.
As of Wednesday night, Maldonado-Vasquez remained in police custody at a Miami-Dade jail.