MIAMI (WSVN) - Police continue searching for the 2-year-old girl who went missing more than seven months ago, even as the toddler’s mother told a judge that the toddler died late last year.
Miami Police hit the streets, Tuesday, looking for the missing little girl. They hope the public will help them collect any information about her current state or whereabouts.
“Information from family members, from friends, that perhaps may have some some sort of recollection as to where this child can be,” Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat said.
Her disappearance was discovered last week after an anonymous tip to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Audio tape acquired by The Miami Herald recorded Marjorie Dufrene telling Miami Circuit Court Judge Cindy Lederman last week that her 2-year-old daughter, Angela, was dead.
Angela’s grandmother in Homestead told 7News she was heartbroken over her missing granddaughter. “I feel bad. I cannot eat,” she said.
Lederman asked the mother last week in court where Angela was. Marjorie’s attorney responded on her behalf, “I’m going to assert her right against self-incrimination.”
The judge then asked if Marjorie had been charged with a crime. “As far as I know, she has not been charged,” said the attorney. “There’s been no arrest made, but there is an open criminal investigation at this time.”
The attorney then said faintly, “Judge, she is no longer with us.”
“Does that mean she’s dead?” Lederman responded.
“Right,” the attorney said.
“Can you give me her date of death?” Lederman asked.
The attorney replied “2015.”
Lederman responded, “2015? OK, that’s a big year. That’s 365 days. Can you be a little more specific?”
No specific date was given, and now Miami Police are investigating, hoping to find the missing toddler.
“We are speaking to mom and did receive the case once DCF started investigating an anonymous complaint,” said Fallat. “They immediately brought the case to us, and we started doing our own investigation.”
Police believe Angela was last seen in the area of the apartment she lived in, at 1805 N.W. 2nd Court in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. However, the family does not live in the apartment anymore, and Angela has not been seen since November of 2015.
“My concern is, if this child is alive, we want to find her immediately,” Lederman said last week.
Police have not charged Marjorie with a crime, as police continue to investigate the case. The Florida Department of Children and Families has taken custody of Marjorie’s four other children.
If you have any information about this case, call Miami Police at 305-397-4795.
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