A 6-year-old boy found wandering the street in Little Havana on Thursday won't be allowed to return home to his mother for now, a judge ruled Friday. NBC reporter Diana Gonzalez reports on the court hearing.
A 6-year-old boy found this week wandering the street in Little Havana won’t be allowed to return home to his mother for now, a judge ruled Friday.
Miami-Dade Juvenile Court Judge Cindy S. Lederman said it would be “detrimental for the child to return home at this time.” She ordered an emergency study of the boy’s father before the boy is given to him. That would avoid having to place the child in foster care.
“I don’t see this case as one of our more difficult ones,” the judge said. “I think that we work with the mother and find out a little bit more about what was going on.”
The boy’s mother, Rosa Carolina Recarte Gomez, 30, will be allowed supervised visits, the judge determined.
Thursday, Recarte Gomez was taken into custody on one count of child neglect after her son walked about five blocks from their apartment, according to an arrest affidavit. The boy was found by a passer-by driver who called police shortly before 4 a.m., the affidavit said.
Because the family’s apartment door was locked, the boy used a wooden duck to break a window and climb outside, getting a small cut on his hand in the process, the report said. The boy was found by the passer-by near Southwest 14th Avenue and Southwest 1st Street.