NORTH MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A five-year old North Miami girl was reunited with her mother Sunday after she was taken from a party by a stranger.
Now that woman is facing serious charges including kidnapping and false imprisonment.
Jayda Destiny Velazquez was reunited with her mother at the North Miami Police department nearly 12 hours after she was abducted.
“Very happy,” said Wendy Montilla, the child’s mother.
At the time Montilla said her daughter appears to be okay.
“Worst nightmare ever, that’s the only thing I can tell you, horrible experience,” she said. “I definitely did not think that I was gonna see her again.”
On Saturday, Montilla left Jayda with her uncle, Douglas Trubac, in their home in the 1900 block of Sans Succi Boulevard while she went out. Police said Trubac was fresh out of prison and has been arrested at least 31 times. The uncle reportedly invited several male friends over on Sunday and Kimberly Burgos Lopez accompanied one of them.
Around 1am, police said Lopez left the party with Jayda without permission. Investigators said Trubac told them he looked outside and saw Lopez walking away quickly with the little girl. By the time he hopped on his bike to try and find them they were gone.
Sunday morning an Amber Alert was issued for the girl.
According to police, Lopez hitched a ride with a man driving by who took her and Jayda to a trailer park near NE 113th Street and Biscayne Boulevard. It’s a place Lopez has been known to stay on and off. Fortunately the man who drove Lopez there told a police officer about it and investigators were able to track her down and recover Jayda.
“I’m relieved, I’m really relieved,” said Robert Rosario, another uncle of Jayda’s.
Juan Carlos Torres lives in the trailer park and did not speak highly of Lopez.
“I can’t believe she has a kid pretty much the same age, she was always in the street, an alcoholic,” saiiTorres.
Torres said Lopez has a daughter who looks a lot like Jayda. Police said that Lopez’s three year old daughter was taken away from her by the state.
Lopez is now in jail facing kidnapping, false imprisonment and child endangerment charges.