Parents Arrested After 'Forgetting' 2-Year-Old in a Park & Not Realizing Until the Next Day


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Two parents are under investigation after police found their little girl wandering a park by herself. Police said the couple from Haverhill, Florida, told them that they "forgot" their 2-year-old daughter in Haverhill Park on Friday. The mom allegedly only discovered her daughter was gone the next day when the family was getting ready to go back to the park and realized she wasn't with them. Now the parents are paying for the mistake because they were arrested on charges of child neglect. 

  • Police discovered the toddler Friday night wandering alone in the park, and they immediately started searching for her parents. 

    Police found the 2-year-old daughter of Jolanda Larosa Alexandre and Makenson Alexandre in the park around 8 p.m., according to Inside Edition.

    "We responded to Haverhill Park, regarding a female child found walking inside the park alone. The child, possibly 2 years of age, was wearing a pink short-sleeve shirt, white and gold tutu and clear plastic shoes," notes a post by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Twitter. "Does anyone know who the parents are of this beautiful little girl?"

    Sniffer dogs were brought in to the scene to help police find the girl's parents, but to no avail. That lead police to post a photo of the girl on social media, in hopes that perhaps someone would recognize her and help them get her home safely. 

    "Numerous deputies canvassed the area, loud announcements were made, and a reverse 911 call was initiated. All met with negative results," police said.

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  • It wasn't until the next morning that the girl's parents were found, after they loaded up the car to go back to the park and realized she was missing.

    An updated sheriff's police statement noted that the girl's mother, Jolanda Larosa Alexandre, called police about 11:30 a.m. the next day to report that her daughter was missing. Both Alexandre and her husband Makenson Alexandre, later told police that they had not realized that they left their daughter at the park the previous day when they went home about 7 p.m. 

    The parents explained that they had initially taken their eight children to the park to "let the children run around and play for about an hour," notes the arrest report, according to Inside Edition. Jolande told her children to get back into their family van and they drove home, where they let the kids play outside for a while.

    In the arrest report, police stated that Jolande was visibly upset as she described her actions the night before. They reported that the mom "was crying and very upset and stated that she usually checks on the children before she goes to bed, however last night she did not." 

    It was only the next day when they couple were preparing their children to go back to Haverhill Park that they realized not everyone had made it home. Makenson told police he realized his daughter was missing when they had almost arrived back at the park. The parents began to search for her and called 911 to report she had disappeared.

  • The couple is facing criminal charges for leaving the girl alone and forgetting about her for 14 hours. 

    A report published by sheriff's police on Facebook noted that the Florida Department of Children and Families has removed the girl and her seven siblings from their parental home. "Both parents were arrested and each charged with one count of Neglect of Child violating Florida State Statute," it read. 

    The parents have since been released on a $3,000 bail.

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