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Four children between the ages of 7 and 13 were removed from the custody of their parents Wednesday after authorities found them living in a home filled with trash and drug paraphernalia -- and after their mother agreed to have sex with a cop for money.
Miami Police received a call Wednesday that Gabriel DeJesus Orellana, 35, was standing outside of a business in the 900 block of West Flagler Street, hitting his youngest daughter and appearing to offering her as a prostitute to passing men. When an undercover detective was dispatched to the location for a sting, Orellana instead gave him the girl's mother's phone number.
Police say Renee Marie Garcia, 31, then agreed to have anal sex with the officer for $150, but after meeting him at the business first insisted on first being driven to Overtown to purchase drugs. After she bought a baggie of marijuana, the pair returned to the family's house where both Orellana and Garcia were arrested.
The house, where the couple's four children were found inside, was in a horrifying condition, according to the police report:
...Officer immediately noticed in plain view on top of the dining table a red shoe box lid with drug paraphernalia. The lid contained several used syringes, green and white baggie with suspected cocaine residue, and a broken glass pipe with suspected rock cocaine residue. The apartment had garbage in every inch of the floor. The refrigerator was completely empty with mildew, there was no food in the house.
"There is a history with this family," Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Lissette Valdes-Valle told NBC 6. She said DCF has placed the four children in a relative's care.
One neighbor told NBC 6 he previously called the cops after seeing one of the girls walking around without a shirt and "strange guys coming in" to the home; police suspect that the couple's two girls may have at some point been forced to perform sex acts for money.
“Detectives believe that they may have been prostituted or perhaps they have been offered to commit prostitution,” Miami Police spokeswoman Lt. Kenia Reyes told CBS Miami.
Garcia was charged with drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, prostitution, and four counts of child neglect; Orellano was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and four counts of child neglect.
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