Miami police search for missing toddler

Angela Marjorie Dufrene, 2, was last seen in November

MIAMI – Miami police are searching for Angela Marjorie Dufrene, a 2-year-old girl who was last seen in November.

Police recently learned that the Florida Department of Children and Families was unable to locate the child, who was last seen at a daycare.

"We do know that she was living within the city of Miami jurisdiction. We did learn almost immediately that DCF began an investigation when they saw that this child was missing from the home that she belonged with mom. The case was brought to us," Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Fallat said.

Dufrene's mother has been identified as Marjorie Dufrene.

DCF spokeswoman Jessica Sims said the mother has a history with Florida's child welfare system, but details remain confidential.

No description was given of the child.

"We are very concerned about the well-being of this child," DCF said in a statement. "The department has initiated a child protective investigation regarding the circumstances that led to the disappearance of the child and we will continue to work closely with law-enforcement."

According to a cousin of Dufrene, the woman signed a lease in August 2014 for an apartment in Miami's Overtown neighborhood. 

She was evicted from her apartment in November 2015, the same month that her toddler disappeared. A property manager confirmed that she was evicted after she failed to pay her rent.

At the time of her eviction, she was working at a Hilton hotel.

A shelter hearing was held Thursday for Dufrene's other children. Sims said no children remain in Dufrene's custody.

Anyone who has information or a photo of the toddler to call the department's investigations unit 305-397-4795.


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