UPDATE 10/17/16 – Michelle was brought to the Boynton Beach Police Department by her father’s lawyer. Michael Ojeda, was taken into custody by the US Marshals South Florida Fugitive Task Force.
Original story: Florida police are searching for a missing 3-year-old girl from Boynton Beach who was last seen on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Michelle NG Rodriguez was picked up by her father, Michael NG Ojeda, 41, around 5:20 p.m. from the Via Lugano apartments and was due to bring her back to her mother’s sister’s home for a family party around 8 p.m., but Michael never showed up.
Michelle was last seen wearing black leggings, a pink sleeveless blouse and tan fur coat with silver shoes that light up. She has a vertical scratch on her forehead from where her cat scratched her on Saturday.
Many are questioning why an Amber Alert was not issued. The Boynton Police Dept. states it does not meet the criteria:
So let’s go over the criteria.
Law enforcement believes an abduction has occurred. YES
The Child is 17-years-old or younger. – YES
Law enforcement believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death. – I’m sure the mom would say, YES, but doesn’t the arrests warrant itself change the situation, and maybe make the father desperate? Evidently, not as the Boynton Police Dept. did state on Mon. on their Facebook page, “This is a case of interference with parental custody. At this point, we do not have any reason to believe that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death, which is the criteria for an Amber Alert.”
Sufficient descriptive information about the victim and the abduction exists to believe that an immediate Amber Alert broadcast will help. – YES
The child’s name and other critical information including the fact that the case is considered a child abduction have been entered into the NCIC system. – Since this is mandatory I would hope that is a YES.
Another criteria that is not listed in this state is knowing the description of the abductor and the car. Both of which the police know. So, I am scratching my head on this one. Tennessee was criticized for waiting too long to issued an Amber Alert for Rebecca Lewis, is Florida doing the same? They are staunchly defending their reason for not releasing an alert.
Ojeda is driving a red 2012 Ford Shelby Mustang with a Florida tag of BVMI94, and a white stripe that runs from the hood to the trunk of the vehicle. He was last seen wearing jeans, a dark t-shirt and black and white ball cap.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Ojeda.
Anyone with information or who has seen them is urged to immediately call Boynton Beach Police at 561-732-8116 or their local law enforcement agency.Amber Al