Woman accused of kidnapping toddler, taking him to Texas now in South Florida jail

Leydibet Hernandez booked into Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center


MIAMI – A woman accused of abducting her 20-month-old son is back in South Florida after her arrest in Texas.

Leydibet Hernandez, 29, was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Hernandez and her 20-month-old biological son, Logan Hernandez, were found more than 1,500 miles from Miami in Laredo, Texas.

The toddler was abducted from caretaker Rebecca Rodriguez's home in the 2600 block of Southwest 34th Court in Miami early Saturday morning.

Police said Hernandez and the boy boarded a bus bound for Texas at 9 a.m. Saturday. Authorities in Texas pulled over the bus at a truck stop on Interstate 35.

Three others -- Rodriguez, her son and Hernandez's boyfriend, Juan Pablo Mesa Jr., and the boy's grandmother, Lazara Ortiz -- also face charges of interfering with custody and making a false report to police.

Police said Hernandez's custody had been previously revoked, and she was only allowed supervised visits with her son.

Surveillance video obtained by Local 10 News shows a Mazda CX5, believed to be Hernandez's SUV, pull up to the home, and a man is seen leaving the home with something wrapped in a blanket.

The SUV was later found by police Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Southwest 27th Street and Southwest 32nd Avenue, about a half-mile from the kidnapping site.

Hernandez was released from jail in Texas because there was no out-of-state extradition order, but she had an active warrant in Miami.

Miami-Dade police said Hernandez turned herself in Wednesday. She was being held on $500,000 bond.