You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

Boynton father accused of illegally taking toddler to be released


The Boynton Beach man accused of taking his 3-year-old daughter from her mother will be released from jail, but cannot have contact with the little girl, a Palm Beach County judge said Tuesday morning.

Palm Beach County Court Judge Caroline Shepherd ordered Michael Ng Ojeda, who faces one count of interfering with custody of a child, be released on his own recognizance. Boynton police say Ng Ojeda, 41, was “malicious” and interfered with Oriana Rodriguez’s custody rights to their daughter, Michelle.

Outside court, Ng Ojeda’s attorney Jonathan Wald said the matter between his client and Rodriguez is a custody issue and that he doesn’t expect the criminal case to go far. The pair, who dated for seven years until their split in September, did not have a formal custody agreement.

Wald said Ng Ojeda came to Palm Beach County from Venezuela this summer with his daughter and with the permission of the mother. The mother later followed them and they all lived together until the separation, Wald said.

Wald’s next step is to file paperwork to grant partial custody to his client.

On Saturday, Ng Ojeda told Rodriguez he wanted to see Michelle before a week-long business trip. He picked Michelle up at about 5:20 Saturday evening from Rodriguez’ home off Congress Avenue, south of Miner Road in Boynton Beach. He promised to have Michelle back by 8 p.m. and the pair left in his red Ford Mustang.

Rodriguez wouldn’t see her daughter for another two days. The pair was reunited at about 5:30 Monday evening at Boynton Beach Police Department headquarters. Ng Ojeda’s lawyer brought the toddler to her mother, police said.

Rodriguez told police Ng Ojeda moved out of their home in September and had been acting “irrational and aggressive” in the last month, according to the police report.

She said she was hesitant to let Ng Ojeda take her because she’s normally present when he visits her.

Ng Ojeda wasn’t found until two hours later. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals South Florida Fugitive Task Force at his mother’s Delray Beach home on charges of interfering with custody.

Police noted in their report that when they spoke with Ng Ojeda’s family before they found him that they did not know where he was.

Police said Ng Ojeda also turned his cell phone off while they searched for him and his daughter.

Outside of the courtroom, Ng Ojeda’s brother, also named Michael, said he thought the case was blown of proportion by police and the media. He said his brother is a good man.

“I just think it’s pretty crazy how this story has been blown up so big when he’s the father of the daughter, he’s just spending time with the daughter,” he said of his brother’s situation.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

JUST IN: Florida man resembling ‘Joker’ arrested for pointing gun at cars
JUST IN: Florida man resembling ‘Joker’ arrested for pointing gun at cars

A South Florida man resembling the “Joker” was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly pointing a loaded gun at passing cars, police said.  Lawrence Patrick Sullivan, 29, who has bright green hair and a tattooed smile of stitches similar to the Joker character in “The Dark Knight,” was stopped by an officer outside an apartment...
WATCH: Florida man goes airborne after being shot with Taser 
WATCH: Florida man goes airborne after being shot with Taser 

A Florida man’s unceremonious meeting with the ground after being shot with a Taser was caught on camera.  Carlos Sierra, a 26-year-old homeless man, was on the run from Surfside police in Miami-Dade County after authorities said he stole a bicycle from a condo’s parking garage, according to WFOR. When officers arrived to find...
VIDEO: Rare jaguar fought for its young life; now it’s home in West Palm
VIDEO: Rare jaguar fought for its young life; now it’s home in West Palm

Fiona, an orphan jaguar found clinging to life more than two years ago in Panama, will make her public debut this weekend at the Palm Beach Zoo. Motherless and battered after being attacked by hunting dogs in the first week of her life, Fiona was rescued in October 2014 and taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center for most of the past two years...
New law designed to curb frivolous public records lawsuits
New law designed to curb frivolous public records lawsuits

Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill aimed at curbing public records lawsuits that Gulf Stream officials claim have crippled the tiny, affluent Palm Beach County town. The law, backed by the Florida League of Cities, would allow judges to decide whether those who file public records lawsuits against governments should recover their attorney fees...
Florida school employee charged with sexual battery on minor
Florida school employee charged with sexual battery on minor

An employee at a Florida school is accused of sexual battery on a minor.  Marcus Gerard Wells, 34, works as an In School Suspension Monitor with the Hernando County School district, according to WFTS. Wells was arrested on Tuesday and charged with four counts of sexual battery on a minor. The case involved relations with a female student...
More Stories