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5-Year-Old Dulce Maria Alavez Is Still Missing— Now Police Are Offering $35,000 Reward For Information

An estimated 2,000 children go missing every day. It’s difficult to understand that number when considering how many children are kidnapped daily, but the harsh reality is that hundreds of thousands of children are reported missing every year. The FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File said they have almost 86,000 active missing person reports, and 35 percent of them are 18 and younger. 

Now there’s another little kid to add to that list. 

Two weeks ago, 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez went missing while playing at a park. Her mother wasn’t far away. 

If you live on the East Coast, your phone probably buzzed on Sept. 16 with an Amber Alert for a missing girl. Authorities put out the call for Dulce Maria who was playing at the playground at Bridgeton City Park in Bridgeton, New Jersey.  The young girl was playing with her 3-year-old sibling and an 8-year-old relative, while her mom was parked nearby. The 3-year-old boy returned to his mom in tears and told her that Dulce Maria was gone. Authorities have been searching for her ever since. 

The FBI and local authorities are on the case. There’s also a 35,000 reward for information that can lead them to her return. 

“We are asking anyone who may have been at the Bridgeton City Park Recreational Area on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, between the hours of 3–6 p.m. to check their cellphones to see if they took photos and/or videos while they were in the area,” Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae wrote in a press release. “Their media may contain information which seems innocuous to them but is a valuable piece of the puzzle in helping us bring Dulce home to her family.”

As of now, one of the main leads is a witness account that places a man with the young girl. The witness said the man was leading the Dulce Maria to a red van, and that they drove away. 

The FBI also says that Dulce Maria was last seen wearing a yellow shirt with a koala on the front, black and white pants with butterflies and flowers on them, and white dress sandals. According to NJ.com, the suspect was “5-foot-6-inches tall,” he was also “thin build, no facial hair, and facial acne. He was wearing orange sneakers, red pants, and a black shirt.” The young girl was last seen at the playground around 4:50 p.m. While that man is a suspect, police said they don’t have any solid suspects,” 

Her family pleaded with supporters and her community to help find her daughter, including her grandmother, who spoke to the Latino community specifically and said they shouldn’t be afraid to come forward if they have information. 

Norma Perez told Latinos that if they have information that could help police locate Dulce Maria, they should come forward and not be afraid. 

Last week, Perez implied during a press conference that if people have reservations to speak to the police because of their immigration status, they must still help if they can. 

“Please, if you know something that will help us find my granddaughter, don’t be afraid of the police,” Perez said in Spanish. “Please report what you know to the police.” 

Perez went on to say this situation has been very difficult for the entire family. She said they couldn’t eat or sleep because they have no idea how her granddaughter is. 

People gathered at the playground on Saturday where Dulce Maria was last seen to pray for the return of the little girl. 

“A lot of people say candle lights are for the dead, but they’re not,” Jackie Rodriguez said to a crowd of hundreds circled around her Saturday night, according to the Press of Atlantic City. Rodriguez was also responsible for organizing Saturday’s vigil. “I want to bring everybody together so we can pray as one and be as one.”

If you have any information regarding Dulce Maria Alavez please contact the police or the FBI. Your tip can remain anonymous. Click here to reach the FBI or call the Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) and select option 4, then select option 8. You may also contact your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also text your information to TIP411 subtext Bridgeton.

Anyone with photos or videos from Bridgeton City Park on September 16, 2019, should upload them to the following site: http:www.fbi.gov/alavez Field Office: Newark. To submit an anonymous tip, click here.

READ: Police Have Released A Chilling Report On A Latina Teen Who Has Gone Missing In Detroit

A Pregnant Woman With Parking Violations Was Arrested And Put In Jail During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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A Pregnant Woman With Parking Violations Was Arrested And Put In Jail During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Diamond Davis is a Montgomery, AL-based woman who is pregnant and currently dealing with criminal charges.

On April 19, the pregnant mother-to-be was arrested and detained overnight in a prison currently battling coronavirus cases. Davis had been brought to the prison after police officers had arrested her for failing to show up for court hearings about her traffic-related violations. There were other similar charges that led to her arrest and jail detainment which a judge dismissed her from, via teleconference, after assigning her a new court date which will open up a new discussion on how she will repay the fines she owes.

While traffic-related violations are important to pay attention to, Davis’s arrest and time in prison is raising concerns among advocates calling for a chance in the climb in numbers of pregnant women “who have been put at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 because of non-violent charges by a prison system being accused of not doing enough to protect those it incarcerates,” according to Refinery29.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Davis’ case was highlighted as part of a vicious cycle targeting the disadvantaged.

According to The New York Times, Davis’ car was pulled over when police noticed that her temporary license plates had expired. After the officers stopped her they found that the 27-year-old mother-to-be was driving without a license and without car insurance. They also discovered that she had overdue court fines.

David was taken to Montgomery City Jail and told NYT that her request for a mask and gloves had been denied. She also claims that there was no hot water available for her to wash her hands.

What’s worse, one of the two women she had been made to share a cell with was coughing.

Soon after Davis’s release from the Montgomery City Jail, police reported five positive coronavirus cases.

While the cases were reported amongst the jail’s federal incarcerated community, which is reportedly kept in a separate area from people incarcerated by the city– like Davis– five cases were also reported among the jail’s nurses and correctional officers. According to NYT, “The number of positive cases has since risen to 21, Michael Briddell, the director of public information for Montgomery, said Wednesday.”

Michael Briddell, the director of public information for Montgomery, explained in an interview with NYT that early on in the pandemic, “the city took steps to release nearly all nonviolent offenders, adding that the jail held 93 detainees in the last week of April, compared with 115 detainees during the same period a year ago.” According to Briddel “only the most extreme nonviolent cases are being held,” and Davis fell under this category because she had 16 outstanding warrants.

Meanwhile, Claudia Wilner, who is the director of litigation for the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, which fights for economic justice for low-income people, “overpolicing of black communities had led to the constant issuing of tickets for traffic violations.” The underlying implication? Injustices in our criminal system are bringing people into places where they could potentially face death. Is it worth it?

A 5-Year-Old Latino Boy Stole His Parents Car And Told The Police Who Pulled Him Over He Was Buying A Lamborghini

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A 5-Year-Old Latino Boy Stole His Parents Car And Told The Police Who Pulled Him Over He Was Buying A Lamborghini

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Talk about being resourceful.

In Utah, a 5-year-old boy with a whopping $3 in his pocket took a joy ride in his parents’ car with plans to drive to California. When police pulled him over, he told officers that he wanted to buy a Lamborghini. This was, apparently, after his mother refused to take him to buy the luxury car when he asked her to buy him one.

According to reports, a trooper saw the SUV (driven by the boy) weaving on Interstate 15 at 30 mph.

In the dash-camera footage of the encounter, Trooper Rick Morgan addressed the kid saying “How old are you? You’re 5 years old?… Wow … Where did you learn to drive a car?”

Speaking to KSL-TV, Morgan said that when he pulled the kid over, he had to help him get the SUV into park mode. “He was sitting on the front edge of the seat so that he could reach the brake pedal to keep the car stopped while I was standing there,” Morgan explained.

After being pulled over, the child (identified as Adrian Zamarripa) said that all he wanted to do was drive to California to buy a Lamborghini for himself. Remember that part about the $3 in his pocket?

Right.

According to Morgan, no one was hurt by Zamarripa.

Zamarripa wasn’t able to buy the car, which at a new rate is worth $200,000 but he has been able to drive around the block in them since.

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Lamborghini owner Jeremy Neves heard Zamarripa’s story and decided to take him out on a little spin of his own. When news of Neves offer went viral, it wasn’t long before a celebrity luxury car dealer offered to fly him out to California.

According to a report by TMZ, RD Whittington, who is the owner of the brand Wires Only, flew Zamarripa and his family to Los Angels. While at the dealership he was able to sit in Lamborghini, a Ferrari, and a Hummer. The dealership also organized it so that Zamarripa was able to FaceTime with Shaq and Lil Pump and had the chance to meet Jamie Foxx in person.

In response to criticism that their kind gestures might only cause other kids to seek out similar rewards by copying Zamarripa’s behavior, Neves explained “I’m absolutely inspired by the principles that he displayed of success ― knowing what he wants, going after it… Absolutely, I’m not encouraging kids to go out and take their parents’ car, and do anything else that’s illegal. I’m not advocating that at all.”

Of course, Zamarripa, has received quite a bit of positive attention for his actions, this story is not without its consequences. According to CNN, the boy’s parents are punishing him for stealing their car. Fortunately for them, the Weber County District Attorney won’t be pushing to charge his parents with neglect charges.