Boy, 2, feared brain dead after fall at Hialeah motel

 

A little boy who plunged out of a Hialeah motel room Friday is not expected to survive.

The 2-year-old boy, who fell from a second-story window, was being evaluated by doctors to determine whether he is brain dead. Details of the child’s condition were discussed at a short hearing Tuesday in child welfare court.

Christy Lopez-Acevedo, a Department of Children & Families attorney, told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Alan Fine that doctors were administering a series of tests — expected to take about 24 hours to complete — that would determine whether the child has any brain activity. If the tests confirm the youngster is brain dead, doctors will remove him from life support.

The toddler’s parents, 26-year-old Luis Enrique Rodriguez and 27-year-old Jacqueline Sanchez, were charged with suspected child abuse just before midnight Friday, said Hialeah police spokesman Carl Zogby. Police said officers also found evidence of cocaine use in the room. Both parents had bonded out of jail and are at the hospital with the toddler.

Rodriguez and Sanchez were staying at the El Paraiso Motel at 1615 W. Okeechobee Rd. with the 2-year-old and a 5-month-old son, Zogby said.

Both the toddler and the infant sibling have been placed in the care of DCF, said agency spokeswoman Lissette Valdes-Valle.

Carol Marbin Miller

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