MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A mother – found incoherent next to her baby after a crash – faced a judge after testing positive for a number of drugs.
The mother, Magdaline Tricoche, tested positive for cocaine and opiates after officers found her near the crash site incoherent with here baby’s car seat next to her.
On Tuesday, the judge gave custody to the biological father, Wayne Alonzo, who was not involved in the crash.
Tricoche, leaving the courthouse, said she was satisfied with the outcome.
“I’m very happy that she’s going with her father, and that’s all I can tell you,” Tricoche said.
Tricoche will be allowed supervised visits and will undergo a drug evaluation. She did not dispute being high.
Just a day before, officers were left wondering what happened to the mother of the 2-year old baby girl after an accident involving her and another man.
City of Miami Fire Rescue said they received a call shortly before 1 o’clock of a minor crash off NW 20th Street and 11th Avenue.
Police say the baby’s mother was a passenger and either her friend or boyfriend was driving.
“There was a woman about maybe five feet away from the vehicle slumped on the ground and a car seat right next to her,” said Capt. Ignatius Carrol with City of Miami Fire Rescue.
Firefighters said in the car seat they found the 2-month-old baby girl.
“We do know that because of where this child was located outside of the vehicle, obviously sweating, had somebody not called this in sooner than they did, that we would have had this child going to the hospital as well,” said Carrol.
The two adults were transported to Ryder Trauma Center and the baby was taken to a nearby fire station.
Chopper4 was over the scene as the Department of Children and Families (DCF) left with the baby.
At Tuesday’s hearing, DCF officials recommended the father’s custody and depending on what the mother does with her drug issue, joint custody could be granted somewhere in the future.
Tricoche’s court-appointed attorney conceded that she should not have custody of her child, at least not yet.
“There is probable cause to shelter the child from the mother,” her attorney said.
Miami Police Tuesday said the mother may yet face child neglect charges, given her apparent impairment at the scene of the accident, and her having tested positive in the court-ordered drug screening. The next hearing is set for Oct. 4th at 9:30 a.m.