Thursday, March 18, 2010
Police: Missing Fort Lauderdale mom left home to buy drugs, leaving child behind
The woman who allegedly left her 8-year-old daughter home alone and vanished for five days was out looking for crack cocaine and assumed neighbors would unite the child with her father, according to an arrest report released Wednesday.
Melanie Parada, 36, was reported missing Sunday and was found safe about 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of Northeast 16th Avenue, Police Sgt. Frank Sousa said. Parada was initially released after talking to detectives, but authorities later took her into custody.