Miami Child Found Home Alone Put In Foster Care

MIAMI (CBS4) – A Miami judge has placed a toddler found home alone in an apartment on Thursday in the care of a foster family.

Miami police said around 2:45 p.m. they received an anonymous call from a neighbor about a child screaming.Police said the two-year-old girl was left alone by her mother while she went out to buy drugs.  When officers arrived at the apartment in the 400 block of NW 46th Street, they knocked on the door several times but no one answered. They then forced their way inside and found the child alone in the apartment by herself.

Sultane Adesina, who knows the child’s father, said Hernandez should have known better.

“I feel real bad,” she said. “Why would she do something like that?”

Miami Fire paramedics checked her out and said the girl appeared to be fine. During this time the child’s mother, 38-year-old Joannie Hernandez, arrived at the apartment but didn’t say a word.

Police said an officer noticed her acting suspiciously and called her by name. She admitted to the officer that she was child’s mother and said she had only gone “for ten minutes” to buy food.  The officers noted that she was empty-handed.

“That’s dangerous,” Adesina said. “You don’t do that to no child. You don’t leave no child home by themself. Anything can happen. I feel bad for the child. I feel bad for the child. The child is innocent. She (the mother) is an adult. She should know not to do something like that.”

Hernandez, who has a history of prior arrests, was taken into custody and charged with one count of child neglect. During the temporary custody hearing, Judge Cindy Lederman ordered that she and the child’s biological father were not allowed to have any contact with the girl until they attended a future custody hearing and state their case.

Neither the child’s father or any other family members showed up to take care of the child.

The child was not harmed. D.C.F is investigating the incident and will determine if the child’s home is fit enough for her return.

The next hearing on the matter will be March 28th.

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  1. Mabe says:

    What is the need for an investigation? If the mother did not take the child with her when she left, leaviang 2 year old child home alone, how safe can this be? Truly someone said that common sense is the least common of the senses.

  2. Matt says:

    Anybody know if she was using HR services?

  3. debra says:

    Take the child away from the mother.,,she is a bad influence on such a small child…. Bur what ever you do don’t put DCF on the case….

  4. SILVIA says:

    WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO, HOW R U GOING TO PUT THIS CHILD BACK INTO A HOME WITH A NEGLECTED PARENT? JSUT ANOTHER MISTAKE OF THE STATE, AND D.C.F. DOESN’T CARE. JUST LIKE THE CASE WITH THE 2 KIDS THAT WERE BEEN ABUSED OVER AND OVER BY THEIR FOSTER PARENTS. NOW THE TWO KIDS ARE DEAD. DOES D.C.F. EVEN CARE ABOUT WAT HAPPENS TO THESE KIDS,??? APPARENTLY NOT !!!

  5. Lori says:

    Ya know, we keep hearing all these stories. Even if the home is kept well and the child seems to be fine, the mother is on drugs. Kids that are in a household where the parents use drugs, don’t have a shot. They are not asked to be born to these so called parents, they don’t have a choice, but we the people should have a choice and not allow these children to e raised by people that take any type of drugs. Like I said, what kind of shot do these kids really have with care-takers like that?

  6. Sal says:

    Miami is sio badly run with such low standards that I am suprised she was even arrested and kids taken away.

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