TAMPA, Florida — On Tuesday evening, officials with the Florida Department of Children and Families arrived at the home where nearly 2-year-old Jadiel Rosario had been left in a vehicle for eight hours. The child is currently at Florida Hospital in critical condition.
Inside the home, the toddler’s mother, Douceaymee Alvarez, doesn’t want to talk about what’s happened with the media, but she will have to talk to state investigators who are looking for answers.
“I heard them saying the baby wasn’t breathing, so I ran up in there and I saw the baby laying on the couch and the father doing CPR,” said neighbor Sharon Scruggs.
Her neighbor is shocked at the news, saying Alvarez is a good mother who constantly dotes on her children. “She’s a good mother, very protective of those kids. I don’t understand how this could have happened. She is very protective of those kids,” said Scruggs.
Alvarez’s Facebook page displays pictures of all four of her children, ages 2, 3, 7, and 8. The father, Alexander Rosario, has a Facebook page as well.
According to the police report, the couple checked on Jadiel around noon and discovered him missing. They told police each thought the other had taken the toddler out of his car seat when they arrived home at 4 a.m. after visiting friends.
That’s when they realize their child was still in the car, eight hours later.
After visiting with the parents for about an hour Tuesday night, DCF officials leave the property, carrying a black backpack and some paperwork.
No charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing.