South Florida mother accused of burning son's hand on hot stove as punishment
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A South Florida woman is accused of burning her son's hand on a hot stove as punishment for his bad behavior. According to a police report, Rebolledo put the 6-year-old boy's hand on the stove Wednesday "to punish him for hitting other students in school." Police said Rebolledo told them she has repeatedly tried to correct her son's behavior "by using other methods of punishment, to no avail." "Maybe in Colombia it's okay to take a child and place their hand on a burning stove, but in the United States it's not. The judge also told Rebolledo that her son now has to suffer the consequences of her actions by being placed into foster care.
Florida woman accused of DUI with 3-year-old unbuckled in back seat
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida woman is accused of drunken driving with a 3-year-old child unbuckled in the back seat. Brandy Lerma, 31, of Boynton Beach, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence and child neglect. When deputies arrived, they found Lerma sitting in the driver's seat with a toddler standing in the back seat, the report said. The arresting deputy wrote in his report that he could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Lerma's breath. Lerma told deputies that she had two Fireball shots and had taken Percocet and Xanax.
Miami Gardens man threatens to kill Florida Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, police say
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A Miami Gardens man has been arrested after threatening to kill a Florida lawmaker, police said. Miami-Dade police said Steve St. Felix tagged Florida Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, on a threatening Facebook post Sunday. The Facebook post read, "I'll kill your ass and you better not show up to the next rec meeting." Diaz told police that, because of recent attacks on government officials, he was in fear for his life and the safety of his family. St. Felix was being held on a $500,000 bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
Florida woman found passed out behind wheel of Cadillac with 2-year-old in car
OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – A 31-year-old woman was arrested on a child neglect charge after she was found passed out behind the wheel of car at a South Florida intersection with an open bottle of vodka in the front passenger's seat and a 2-year-old child in the backseat, deputies said. The concerned citizen tried to wake Hernandez by banging on the window, but she was unsuccessful. Oakland Park paramedics arrived and successfully woke Hernandez. Deputies said there was a bottle of vodka in the front passenger's seat that was only about two-thirds full. Hernandez claimed that she picked up the toddler about noon without having slept to go to a birthday party.
'I can't do it,' Florida woman tells couple after trying to give son away
VERO BEACH, Fla. – A Florida woman is accused of abandoning her 2-year-old son in a restaurant parking lot after she unsuccessfully tried to give him to strangers, police said. Amber Warner, 31, approached a couple as they were leaving the Kountry Kitchen in Vero Beach and tried to get them to take her son, who she was carrying, Vero Beach police said. Warner told the couple, "I can't do it," and then put the boy on the ground before driving away in a black truck, police said. Warner faces charges of unlawful desertion of a child and resisting arrest without violence. Her 2-year-old son appeared to be in good health and was placed in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
'Joker' arrested after pointing gun at passing vehicles, police say
MIAMI – A Miami-Dade County man whose green hair and face tattoos resemble the look of Batman's nemesis the Joker was arrested Tuesday after pointing a gun at passing vehicles, police said. According to a Miami-Dade police report, police were alerted about a man with green hair and tattoos on his face standing at the corner of Southwest 104th Street and Hammocks Boulevard, pointing a gun at passing vehicles. When the officer asked the man, later identified as Sullivan, if he was armed, Sullivan said he had a gun in his pocket, police said. Lawrence Sullivan's green hair and facial tattoos are reminiscent of Batman's nemesis the Joker. Among the man's face tattoos are the words "Joker" stenciled across his forehead, next to a Batman logo with profanity scribbled within it.
Man found passed out behind wheel of stolen truck in Jupiter, police say
JUPITER, Fla. – A Stuart man was arrested last week after he was found passed out behind the wheel of a stolen pickup truck in Jupiter, police said. Jupiter police said they found Hardister sleeping with his head on the steering wheel of a 1998 Ford F-150 pickup truck Friday in the parking lot of a Walmart on Indiantown Road. Police said the truck, which had extensive front-end damage, was reported stolen from Port St. Lucie. Hardister said he was "trying to catch a couple of hours of sleep in the parking lot before going to work," but he didn't know that the truck was stolen. When the officer asked Hardister about the damage to the front of the truck, Hardister said he didn't know how it happened, the report said.