Miami — Police said Wednesday that a woman who told authorities she had left her toddler with a stranger with a stranger to keep her off the street was arrested on suspicion of abandoning her child.
A 33-year-old woman asked a man to see a girl while going to the bathroom, but never returned. According to police, a man who happened to be an off-duty Miami police officer asked for help.
“She hands her child over to this stranger,” police spokeswoman Kaina Farat told the press. “Fortunately he was a police officer, and what went through his mind was that he entered police mode.”
According to the arrest report, Carolina Vizcara was put in jail after telling investigators “I didn’t just leave her” on Wednesday. “It was a hospital and I was worried about her. I was thinking of sleeping on the street, but she wasn’t.”
The Florida children’s and family department took custody of the girl as police sought public help in finding her family.
“We want to know what her mental state was,” Farat said. “We want to know what she was thinking when she handed over the child to this unknown man.”
Florida’s Safe Harbor Act protects parents who leave their children in designated safe locations, but only for babies up to 7 days.
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