Judge Removes Toddler And Infant From Parents
On Tuesday morning Miami Fire Rescue responded to a couple found unconscious in a car in the southbound center lane of Northwest Seventh Avenue, near Northwest 77th Street. The couple’s two children, two years old and two months old, were found in the back seat, hungry and spoiled, said police.
Carlos A. Roboyras-Rodrigues, 35, of Hollywood, is charged with child neglect, driving with a suspended license and driving under the influence. The woman, Catherine Lobb, 26, of Miami Beach, is charged with child neglect and letting an unauthorized operator drive.
Roboyras-Rodrigues’ bond was set at $7,000 for the three counts he is charged with. Lobb’s bond was set at $5,500 for the two counts she faces.
The judge ordered a no-contact order against the parents, but on Thursday a judge at another hearing may allow them to visit their children.
The children will be in the care of their paternal aunt for now.
“The court will find that there is probable cause to remove the children and that reasonable efforts could not have prevented that removal,” said Judge Mavel Ruiz told WSVN.
Ruiz described the two-year-old as fearful and ordered a mental health evaluation of the toddler.
Children Found With Unconscious Parents In Front Seat
According to the police report, Miami Fire Rescue banged on the windows of the blue Hyundai Sonata around 9 a.m. to try and wake up the unresponsive couple in the front seats. When they awakened, firefighters were able to open the door and found that the car was still in drive. A toddler and an infant were also found in the back seats.
Once the car was put in park and the ignition turned off, firefighters had Roboyras-Rodrigues exit the vehicle. He was “unsteady on his feet and disoriented.” The report said both the man and the woman, Lobb, had bloodshot eyes and constricted pupils and woke in a daze, unaware of their surroundings.
An evaluation that checked for vital signs, but no medical treatment was given. Investigators are unsure if a drug overdose occurred.
A record check later revealed that Roboyras-Rodrigues, the driver, had four suspensions on his license.
This is the second case in a month that a baby has been found in the back seat of a car with an incoherent couple in South Florida. The baby in the other case was two months old as well.