Police: Dad had verbal OK to be with daughter, but not court agreement


UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Police say the father of a missing 3-year-old Boynton Beach girl had verbal permission to be with her, but no court-ordered custody agreement, according to police.

At a news conference today, police officials said Michael Ojeda’s family was less concerned with the safety of his daughter, Michelle Rodriguez, and more concerned with Michael’s rocky relationship with the girl’s mother, Oriana Rodriguez.

According to a police report, Ojeda and Oriana Rodriguez had dated for seven years before breaking up in September, adding that Ojeda had only seen his daughter once since that time.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police issued an arrest warrant for the father of a missing 3-year-old Boynton Beach girl for allegedly interfering with custody, city police said Monday morning.

The girl, Michelle Rodriguez, was last seen at about 5:20 Saturday evening when her father, 41-year-old Michael Ojeda, picked her up from her mother’s home off Congress Avenue, south of Miner Road in Boynton. Her mother, 26-year-old Oriana Rodriguez, was told Ojeda was taking Michelle to a family gathering at his sister’s Delray Beach home, Rodriguez told police. Michelle was supposed to be home by 8 p.m.

When the girl’s mother called Ojeda’s sister to check in at about 7 p.m., the woman told Rodriguez she wasn’t expecting the pair. Ojeda had told his sister he was taking Michelle to dinner with Rodriguez.

Detectives do not have reason to believe Michelle is “in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death,” the criteria for an Amber Alert to be issued, Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said

Only when danger is “imminent” does the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issue an alert, Slater said.

Michelle was last seen wearing black leggings, a pink sleeveless blouse and a tan fur coat with silver light-up shoes. She has a vertical scratch on her forehead from where her cat scratched her Saturday.

Ojeda was last seen wearing jeans, a dark T-shirt and black and white ball cap. Police say he is driving a red 2015 Ford Shelby Mustang with Florida tag BVMI94. The Mustang has a white stripe that runs from the hood to the trunk.

Anyone with information or who has seen them is urged to immediately call Boynton Beach Police at (561) 732-8116 or their local law enforcement agency.


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