Charges May Be Filed In North Miami Child Abduction Case
South Florida Crime
NORTH MIAMI (CBS4) – Charges may be filed in Monday’s abduction of two young boys from their North Miami apartment.
And CBS4 has learned that this case has been turned over to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office to sort out, according to Police Major Neal Cuevas.
“We have identified the woman who took the children as 20-year-old Jennifer Krasner, who is also known as Gigi and Gloria. She has two or three aliases. When we stopped her, she told us she thought the children were in danger and not being fed and she was on her way to a Department of Children and Families office to drop them off. We don’t know if that is true but we are referring this case to the State Attorney,” said Cuevas.
The children’s mother told CBS4 this was a case of a misunderstanding with a friend who took her sons around 5 p.m. on Monday.
“I’m still crying,” said boys’ mother Sharmaine Bonilla said Tuesday. “I have been crying since last night.”
She told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “There was a terrible feeling in my chest. Everything stopped. I felt nothing right here. I was empty. Now I so happy that my kids are home and that I can hold them.”
Bonilla said a babysitter was taking care of her sons, 5-year-old Daren and 3-year-old Rey Bonilla, when her friend stopped by their apartment and took them, putting them in her SUV and driving off.
Bonilla initially told police that a friend named Gloria Gonzalez, who is also known as “Gigi,” took them.
Bonilla said of her friend, “Gigi was upset. She was with the kids. And she took off with them. It was more because of a fight we were having. I called her back and finally saw her. There were hugs. There was nothing wrong.”
Bonilla’s friend reportedly told police she was taking the children to the Department of Children and Families.
Police are looking into the possibility of any abuse against the children.
“Whenever there is a case like this, detectives go over it with a fine tooth comb,” said Cuevas. “And if there is any room for charges, there will be charges.”
“Are you looking into the possibility of abuse?” asked D’Oench.
“That is always possible,” said Cuevas. “That is always a consideration.”
Police located the children after getting the address of the mother’s friend who took them. Police spotted their car on I-95 near 135th Street and stopped it.
“The investigation lead us to a couple of addresses and we then spotted her vehicle,” said North Miami Police Detective Felix Guadarrama.