Miami parents arrested in prostitution and child neglect case
Two parents were arrested on Thursday on prostitution and child neglect charges after the mother offered herself to an undercover officer and took him to her filthy apartment.
Miami police found a disgusting scene when they arrested Gabriel de Jesus Orellana and Renee Marie Garcia in their apartment at 971 W. Flagler St. Four children — two boys and two girls between the ages of 7 and 13 — were living in complete filth.
The police report describes “garbage on every inch of the floor” and a refrigerator that was “completely empty with mildew.” There was no food in the apartment, and there was drug paraphernalia, including syringes and a crack pipe, in plain view of the children.
The investigation began with a 911 call to report that Orellana was outside hitting his daughter and apparently soliciting men to have sex with her. When an undercover officer approached the suspect, instead of offering his daughter, Orellana gave the phone number of Garcia, the child’s mother.
Garcia answered the call from the undercover officer and agreed to have sex with him in exchange for money if he took her to buy drugs first. He took her to the Overtown area, watched her buy what looked like marijuana, and arrested her once they got back to her apartment.
Orellana was charged with child neglect and possessing drug paraphernalia, and Garcia faces an additional prostitution charge. The children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services.