In a shocking turn of events, an 18-year-old woman from Miami has been apprehended for allegedly attempting to hire a hitman to murder her own 3-year-old son.
The incident came to light when she visited a parody hit-for-hire website, which was, in fact, created to aid law enforcement. Unbeknownst to her, the website's operator promptly reported the sinister request to the Miami-Dade police.
According to the police report, the woman expressed her desire to have her son "taken away, far, far, far away and possibly be killed but ASAP," for a sum of $3,000. She cited wanting "to get something done once and for all" as the motivation behind her chilling decision.
Providing the child's address, recent photograph, and her own contact number, the woman made direct contact with the website. Detectives quickly intervened by tracing her through the IP address and phone number she had provided.
The child, who currently resides with his grandmother after his mother moved out in May, was thankfully unharmed. The grandmother confirmed that her daughter would regularly FaceTime with the child. She even revealed that she had taken the photograph of her grandson, which was later posted on the sinister website.
Following the arrest on charges of solicitation of murder and unlawful use of a communications device, the woman appeared before a Miami-Dade County judge. To safeguard the child's identity, the media has refrained from disclosing the woman's name.
During her hearing, the woman claimed to have no history of mental health treatment.
Nevertheless, the judge set bail at $15,000, and the accused was subsequently released from custody on Thursday, with strict orders not to contact her son, who remains under the care of his grandmother.
The public defender's office is representing the woman, but they have yet to respond to media inquiries seeking comments on the case.
This shocking incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of vigilance in safeguarding the welfare of children and the vital role of law enforcement in preventing potential tragedies.