Parents of toddler who fell to face drug charges
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- The parents of the toddler who took a deadly fall at a Hialeah motel will not be charged with manslaughter. However, they are now facing drug possession charges.
Two-year-old Luis Rodriguez Jr. died after falling out of a second story window at the Paraiso Motel in Hialeah, Sept. 13.
According to documents from the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, the parents, Luis Enriquez Rodriguez and Jacqueline Sanchez will not face manslaughter charges. "If you look at it closely, apparently the state has not been able to find a true crime here, where you can say somebody was criminally negligent. Apparently, this incident happened so fast that it could happen to anybody," said Hialeah Police Lt. Carl Zogby.
The mother, Jacqueline Sanchez said, "In 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."
The state attorney's office will instead charge the couple with child neglect and possession of drugs with intent to sell. According to documents, officials saw "what appeared to be two baggies of cocaine and several capsules of a new-brand narcotic with the street name of 'Mollies,'" inside their motel room. Officials also found drug paraphernalia.
Back in September, the couple originally told 7News, "We are willing to do any blood test or drug test. I am clean," said Sanchez. However, according to documents from the state attorney's office, Sanchez and Rodriguez tested positive for cocaine and marijuana, just two days after their son's death.
The couple, allegedly, also had their 6-month-old child with them at the motel. The Department of Children and Families said the surviving child is now living with relatives, and a court will decide whether to terminate parental rights.
Records show DCF first investigated Sanchez when she tested positive for cocaine while delivering the infant. DCF told 7News, a positive drug test is not reason enough to remove a child. They say they did not know at the time that "she signed termination of parental rights, years ago, to transfer custody of a third child in another state."
The documents also detail allegations of a criminal past, including drug possession. "Very unsavory stuff, but unfortunately these incidents have to be looked at sometimes on a case by case basis," said Zogby.
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