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The Miami Herald has received dozens of offers by email, phone or the comments section of this story to help the Smith family. Mr. Smith's lawyers, Monica Vigues-Pitan, senior attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami, and Hiriam Harmatz, an attorney with Florida Legal Services, offered the following statement to well-wishers:

"The Smith family gratefully acknowledges generous offers to help while the lawsuit is pending. If readers wish to donate diapers or clothing or other personal necessities, please drop them off at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., 3000 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 500 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Monica Vigues-Pitan at 305-438-2417."