The FBI has joined Miami detectives in the search of a 4-year-old girl who investigators believe is in danger after her birth mother, who once abandoned her at a hospital, “interfered” with the child’s custody, police say.
Carolina Rodriguez Vizcarra was 3 when she was last seen in the 200 block of Northwest 15th Street in Miami on Dec. 28. It was the last time the Florida Department of Children and Families had contact with her birth mother Carolina Vizcarra Olvera, 34, authorities say.
Police told the Miami Herald it wasn’t until July that DCF contacted law enforcement in reference to a court order the state agency obtained.
“Due to various dates listed on the court order, we wanted to verify the facts,” Officer Kiara Delva, a police spokeswoman, told the Miami Herald in an email Wednesday. “MPD received confirmation of the court order in August referencing the mother being in violation of criminal Florida Statute - Interference with Custody.”
DCF didn’t immediately respond on Wednesday to the Herald’s request for comment.
On Tuesday evening, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a Missing Child Alert in hopes that the public can help investigators find Rodriguez Vizcarra.
A Florida MISSING CHILD Alert has been issued for Carolina Rodriguez Vizcarra, a white-Hisp. fem. 4 y/o, 3' 1", 27 lbs. brn hair and eyes, last seen NW 15th Street in Miami. May be with Carolina Vizcarra Olvera. May be in danger. Call MPD 305-579-6111 or 911. pic.twitter.com/voi2Gm4oQe
— FDLE (@fdlepio) August 22, 2023
“Due to an on-going investigation, the City of Miami Police Department believes Carolina may be in danger of death or serious bodily injury,” the alert said.
Rodriguez Vizcarra is 3-feet 1-inch tall and weighs about 27 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
Meanwhile, Vizcarra Olvera, the suspect, is 5-feet-7 and weighs about 150 lbs. She also has brown hair and brown eyes.
Abandoned at a hospital
This is not the first time Vizcarra Olvera has made headlines.
In 2021, she was arrested after Miami police accused her of dropping off her daughter, who was 2 years old at the time, to an off-duty plain-clothed officer and another person near the Mercy Hospital complex.
The police report says Vizcarra Olvera, a North Miami resident at the time, asked the other person to watch her daughter so she could use the bathroom and gave them her child’s social security card before walking away. Several hours later, police received a call saying the mother was at the hospital looking for her daughter.
“It’s not like I just left her, it’s a hospital and I was worried for her. I was thinking I am about to sleep on the streets, but not her,” Vizcarra Olvera told responding officers.
Vizcarra Olvera was charged with child abandonment but state prosecutors declined to prosecute after she entered and successfully finished a pre-trial diversion program, court records show.
If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of this person, you are encouraged to contact FDLE or the Miami Police Department at 305-579-6111 or call 911.