A day after a South Florida couple was found unconscious with their toddler and infant in the back seat, a Miami Dade judge ordered the children to be removed from their parents’ care.
“The court will find that there is probable cause to remove the children and that reasonable efforts could not have prevented that removal,” said Judge Mavel Ruiz told WSVN.
The decision came in a dependency hearing Wednesday morning after Miami Fire Rescue found Carlos A. Roboyras-Rodrigues, 35, of Hollywood, and Catherine Lobb, 26, of Miami Beach, unconscious in the southbound center lane of Northwest Seventh Avenue, near Northwest 77th Street on Tuesday morning.
Firefighters banged on the car windows to awaken them and discovered their 2-year-old boy and 2-month-old son in the back seat. The car was still in drive.
A police report described the children as hungry and soiled, and the dazed parents had bloodshot eyes and constricted pupils. A record check later revealed that the driver, Roboyras-Rodrigues, had four suspensions on his driver’s license.
Roboyras-Rodrigues’ bond was set at $7,000 for three counts he was charged with: child neglect, driving with a suspended license and driving under the influence. Lobb’s bond was set at $5,500 for two counts: child neglect and for allowing someone to drive with a suspended license.
The judge also ordered a no-contact order against the parents, but on Thursday, a judge at another hearing may allow them to visit their children.
For the time being, the children will be in the care of their paternal aunt. Ruiz described the 2-year-old as “fearful.” She ordered a mental health evaluation for the toddler.
CBS4 Miami, the Miami Herald’s news partner, contributed to this report.