Mother of toddler who fell from window denies abuse charges
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The mother of the 2-year-old boy who fell from a second-story window Friday denied the charges of child abuse she and her husband are facing for alleged evidence of narcotics found in the Hialeah motel room where the incident took place.
Twenty-eight-year-old Jacqueline Sanchez said the moment her son, Luis Enrique Rodriguez, Jr., fell 14 feet onto pavement was one of the most frightening she had ever experienced. "Just for two seconds this happened, just me turning around washing plates when I realized my son was not there, and I noticed that the blinds were moving," she said.
Sanchez and her husband, 26-year-old Luis Enrique Rodriguez, spent Friday night behind bars while their son spent those hours fighting for his life at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Knowing the toddler was alone in the hospital, Sanchez said, was "the worst feeling."
The boy's father said he had no idea whether his son was alive or dead. "I didn't know what was going on, about my son or nothing," said Rodriguez.
The toddler fell out of a window on the second story of El Paraiso Motel, located on 1615 W. Okeechobee Rd. in Hialeah, just before midnight Friday. Sanchez and Rodriguez were arrested on charges of child abuse because, according to police, there was evidence of narcotics found in their room.
While the 2-year-old was rushed to JMH, the couple's youngest child, a 5-month-old boy, was taken into custody with the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Sanchez and Rodriguez insisted they are good parents and said they want to clear their name. "We're willing [to take] any blood test," said Sanchez. "I am clean."
"I'm willing to take a drug test right now, right now, I would take that right now," echoed Rodriguez.
The couple said they were staying at the motel to keep their children safe while their home's air system was being cleaned.
Sanchez said she never expected an accident like this to happen. "I lost my mind; I can't even explain that," she said. "[I] just called for help, called 911, and I left with my son in their ambulance."
Rodriguez said all he and his wife can do is pray for their son to pull through, and they are asking for the community to do the same. "Please, everyone, keep him in your prayers, please," he said. "It's all I can ask for."
The couple said their 5-month-old son is back in their custody.
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