Daniel Dahm News 6
Published 10:24 AM EDT Oct 9, 2019
An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 2-year-old Orlando boy who was taken from his home at gunpoint, police said.
The alert was sounded Wednesday morning for Jenzell Cintron Perez, who was last seen late Tuesday in the 1900 block of South Conway Road in Orlando.
Family members told FLORIDA TODAY news partner News 6 that Sugey Perez Diaz, 33, the boy's biological mother, and a man forced their way into an apartment and took Jenzell from his stepmother at gunpoint.
I was in my home sleeping with my two babies when this crazy woman went into my house, kicked the door and took baby Jenzell from me, Stephanie Maldonado said.
She told me if I moved, she'd kill me.
Jenzell's father was not home at the time, police said.
Diaz and the man drove away with Jenzell in an unknown vehicle and possibly headed to Ormond Beach, according to police. A warrant has been issued for Diaz's arrest, police said.
An Orlando police detective said the agency is working leads in the case, but no details about the vehicle are known.
Our priority is to do everything we can to locate the child, he said.
The detective said the Orlando Police Department is working with the Florida Department of Children and Families to determine if there are custody issues.
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He said Diaz has a minor criminal history, but she doesn't have a violent past.
Orlando Chief of Police Orlando Rolon said, however, that the means in which Jenzell was abducted is concerning to us.
The detective said the DCF has received reports of injuries to the child in the past, but authorities said nothing was ever substantiated.
The detective said the Amber Alert was issued about five hours after Jenzell was abducted because police were working active leads about Diaz's whereabouts and didn't want to jeopardize the investigation.
Orlando police said they are also trying to find out why the Amber Alert did not automatically send alerts to cellphones.
Jenzell was last seen wearing a diaper. Diaz and the man who was with her were last seen wearing dark clothing, officials said.
Florida authorities said anyone who sees Diaz or the man should not approach them.
If there's anyone out there with knowledge and they're aiding the mother and keeping us from locating the child, then that person can be held liable, Rolon said.
Anyone with information about Jenzell is asked to call the Orlando Police Department at 321-235-5300, Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS or 911.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are assisting the Orlando Police Department in its investigation.
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