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Biological father granted temporary custody of baby found on side of road after crash

Baby's mother tests positive for cocaine, opiates

MIAMI – The biological father of a 2-month-old baby girl who was found on the side of a Miami road Monday after a car crash was granted temporary custody of his daughter on Tuesday.

Local 10 News cameras were inside the shelter hearing as it was revealed that the baby's mother had tested positive for cocaine and opiates.

"I can't tell you anything," Magdalene Tricoche told Local 10 after the hearing. "I'm very happy that she's going with her father and that's all I can tell you."

Miami police posted photos of officers holding and feeding the child after the crash, and initially said that the baby's mother and a man who was also inside the car possibly overdosed on heroin.

The crash was reported about 1 p.m. Monday in the area of Northwest 12th Avenue and Northwest 20th Street.

Authorities said the baby was found in her car seat on the side of the road, and her mother was lying nearby. The man was incoherent inside the car, authorities said.

"The child appeared to be somewhat awake, but very hot, very sweaty," Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.

Miami police spokesman Freddie Cruz said no drugs were found inside the car.

The 2-month-old baby, Elizabeth Ashanti Alonzo, was taken to a fire station by officers and was turned over to the Department of Children and Families.

Tricoche was granted supervised visitation with her daughter. It's unclear whether she or the man who was found inside the car will face charges.


About the Authors:

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.