A Florida mother has been arrested in Miami after attempting to hire a hitman to kill her 3-year-old son. After her arrest, the 18-year-old woman appeared before a judge in Miami-Dade County, facing charges of solicitation of murder and unlawful use of a communications device.
According to police, the woman visited a parody hit-for-hire website, which was designed to aid law enforcement to catch would-be murderers. Her intention was to have her son “taken away, far, far, far away and be killed but ASAP,” and she was willing to pay $3,000 for it, ABC News reported. The reason she cited for seeking a hitman was to “get something done once and for all.”
During her communication with the website, the woman provided details like the address where her son lived with his grandmother, a recent photograph of the child, and her phone number. The man operating the website contacted the police, who traced her down on Tuesday using the provided IP address and phone number.
To protect the child’s identity, the Daily Boulder has chosen not to reveal the woman’s name.
Upon speaking with the boy’s grandmother, detectives learned that the woman had moved out in May, leaving the child in her care. The grandmother stated that the mother would frequently FaceTime with her son.
The grandmother confirmed that she had taken the photograph of the boy, which was then posted on the hitman website, and sent it to her daughter.
The woman was arrested at her father’s house, where she had been staying, on Tuesday. The woman confessed to the crime, according to the report.
In front of Miami-Dade County Judge Mindy Glazer, the woman asserted that she had never received treatment for any mental health condition. The judge set her bond at $15,000, and she was released from jail on Thursday, with strict instructions not to contact her son, who continues to reside with his grandmother.
The woman is being represented by the public defender’s office, which has not yet responded to media requests for comment.