Toddler spends birthday alone in drug-filled motel

A two-year-old boy was left alone for most of the night in a drug-filled motel room on Monday.

According to NBC News, Miami police tried to pull over a man on a stolen motorcycle at 4:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 29th. The man got off the motorcycle and fled on foot. The police are still unable to find him.

The man they are currently looking for is 26-year-old Osniel Machado. Machado is the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, 25-year-old Maidalys Oduardo-Paneque.

Police tracked Machado to The San Juan Motel in Little Havana, Florida, where a woman who works at the hotel was able to show police the room he lives in.


Welcome sign to Little Havana, this is the city where the toddler was found. Photo Courtesy: Do Something Different

In the room they found Oduardo-Paneque and her son an arms length away from crack cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the police.

Oduardo-Paneque was arrested for child neglect and drug possession.

Machado is still on the run, but has been previously arrested for grand theft auto and other drug-related charges.

The child was spending his second birthday in the motel room, but now he is staying  with the Department of Children and Family Services until further notice.



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