Accused child kidnapper faces judge
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) -- A 5-year-old girl is safe and sound Monday with mother, just a day after she was kidnapped by a woman for more then 10 hours. That woman remains behind bars.
Kimberly Burgoa Lopez faced a judge Monday morning where she was read her charges and denied bond. "Mrs. Burgoa, you've been charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, luring or enticing a child and interfering with child custody," said Judge Cristina Miranda.
Friends of Jada Velasquez's uncle said Kimberly Burgoa Lopez was enamored with the 5-year-old the second she laid eyes on her Saturday night. "She was just staring at the girl and stuff," said a witness.
Burgoa Lopez, 21, was so infatuated with the girl that she posed in pictures with her at the party.
Jada was left with her uncle by her mother on Saturday night at his North Miami apartment the three share. Police said he had a few friends over and Burgoa Lopez came with one of the guests.
One guest claimed no one had ever seen her before. "She kept taking the baby," said a witness. "She was trying to separate herself with the child throughout the night."
Sometime after 1 a.m., Jada's uncle said he went to the bathroom and Burgoa Lopez disappeared with the little girl. "She just took off," said the witness. "I just got on the bike looking for the baby, you know, screaming in the street."
When Jada's uncle could not find the pair anywhere, he called police at about 3:45 a.m. "From the moment that she was taken, it's easy to assume that she was in harm's way," said North Miami Police Commander Neal Cuevas. "We didn't know where she was going with the child. We didn't know who she was or what she's involved in or what her intentions were."
North Miami Police posted a statewide Amber Alert for Jada Velasquez. Helicopters hovered over neighborhoods for hours. Bloodhounds searched the Biscayne Breeze Mobile Homes where they believed the alleged kidnapper lived.
After more than 10 hours, police rescued Jada unharmed from a home on Northeast 118th Street, where they said she spent the night with Burgoa Lopez. Officers put her in handcuffs and hauled her off to jail.
According to the arrest affidavit, Jada told police that Burgoa Lopez told her that she had to go with her because a bad man was chasing them. The victim also told police she asked to go home several times but Burgoa Lopez refused to let her go.
Burgoa Lopez has a child of her own but does not have custody of that child.
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