The shocking and unbelievable tale of Angela Dufrene, a toddler missing from Miami, took news sites by storm last week. Though her mother, Marjorie Dufrene, told a judge in court that the baby girl had died “sometime last year,” Miami police and the surrounding community are hoping the toddler will be found alive and well, reports CBS Miami. The following lists the details covered in the news report.
“Miami Police detectives are searching for the whereabouts of missing toddler, Angela Marjorie Dufrene, D.O.B. 4/25/14.”
“Recently, Miami Police detectives learned from investigators at the local Florida Department of Children and Families that the child was unable to be located and possibly last seen sometime in November 2015.”
“Detectives need immediate assistance in locating the child’s whereabouts and anyone that can provide information or photographs of the toddler. No additional information is available at this time. Updates will be furnished once developments on the case are generated.”
“Anyone with information is urged to contact the Miami Police Department’s Investigations Unit at (305) 397-4795. Those with information that wish to remain anonymous can contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471- TIPS (8477), visit www.crimestoppersmiami.com and select “Give a Tip” or Send a text message to 274637. Enter CSMD followed by the tip information and press send.”
The case is a difficult one to crack, as very little is known about Angela, and her mother could not, or would not, produce even one picture of the baby girl. Sharing Angela’s story with the community, Miami PD asked for anyone who had any information regarding Angela Dufrene to contact their investigations unit at (305) 397-4795, or Crime Stoppers, which allows anonymous tips, at (305) 471- TIPS (8477).
This call for assistance produced one picture of Angela, but so far, no other information has surfaced. The photo of the missing toddler looks to have been taken at a younger age than 19 months, her age at the time of the disappearance.
— David Ovalle (@DavidOvalle305) July 25, 2016
Miami police have listed the toddler as missing and endangered. They became aware that Angela Dufrene was missing when informed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, who responded to a call regarding Marjorie Dufrene’s three oldest children who visit on the weekends. When they arrived at the Dufrene residence to investigate the tip, the mother claimed she had only four children. The oldest three, who live with their father, Lewis Dufrene, after being removed from Marjorie’s home for repeated instances of child abuse, and a toddler boy, who happens to be Angela’s twin. It was at this time DCF workers heard rumors that Angela had been missing for months.
Directly following the visit, DCF informed the Miami Police that something was definitely not right at the Dufrene home. Birth records were searched, and Angela’s existence and subsequent disappearance were found. According to WTSP, after being pressed in court, Marjorie Dufrene told Circuit Court Judge Cindy Lederman that Angela had died.
“She is no longer with us.”
— David Ovalle (@DavidOvalle305) July 22, 2016
However, Ms. Dufrene was unable to pinpoint the date of the baby girl’s alleged death, saying it happened “sometime last year.”
Judge Lederman asked her to be more specific, to which Marjorie responded it happened in November. The missing toddler allegedly suffered a fatal fall, and her mother dealt with the death by tossing her tiny body in a dumpster. That was one of her stories, anyway. Over the course of time, the tale of Angela’s death had grown to include several scenarios.
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The inconsistencies and lack of evidence led police to start an urgent search for Angela Dufrene in the hopes the missing toddler will be found. So far, Marjorie Dufrene has not been charged. Her oldest three children reside with their father, and Angela’s twin brother has been placed in foster care.
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