Miami-Dade County

3 people arrested after Miami police say they helped a woman kidnap her toddler son and go to Texas

Police say Leydibet Hernandez took her son Logan Hernandez to Texas with plans of going to Mexico. Hernandez lost custody of the boy last year.
Police say Leydibet Hernandez took her son Logan Hernandez to Texas with plans of going to Mexico. Hernandez lost custody of the boy last year.

Leydibet Hernandez and her young son boarded a bus early Sunday morning bound for Texas, with plans of crossing the border into Mexico.

But police say there was one problem with the plan — Hernandez had lost custody of 21-month-old Logan Hernandez and was breaking the law.

Their disappearance sparked a statewide Amber Alert Sunday after the boy's legal guardian, Rebeca Rodriguez, told police that Hernandez took him. Logan, who was safe, and his mother were located Sunday night in Laredo, Texas.

On Monday, police said Hernandez wasn’t working alone in her attempt to flee the country. Three people were arrested and now face charges, including interfering with custody and filing a false police report. Those arrested were: Rodriguez, Hernandez's boyfriend's mother; Juan Pablo Mesa Jr., Hernandez’s boyfriend; and Lazara Ortiz, Hernandez’s mother.

Police say Rodriguez, 56, called police early Sunday and said Hernandez snatched the baby from a crib. Mesa, 33, told the same story.

Rodriguez, who according to police had custody of Logan, was living in one half of a duplex. Hernandez was living in the other half. Hernandez lost custody in February 2015 and Logan’s adoption date was fast approaching, said Miami police. It was not clear Monday night what led to Hernandez losing her parental rights.

Meanwhile, police say Ortiz bought bus tickets for Hernandez and Logan. She told police “she felt the need to assist [Hernandez] in keeping her son,” an officer wrote in an arrest report.

“They were spotted on the bus on their way to Texas,” said Sgt. Freddie Cruz, a spokesman for Miami police.

Hernandez will be extradited to Miami, where she will face criminal charges. As of Monday the boy was in the custody of child welfare officials in Laredo.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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