Two people have been arrested in connection with an alleged murder scheme after a mother in Florida attempted to hire a hitman through a parody website to kill her 3-year-old son, authorities announced.
The website owner, Robert Innes, said he receives multiple requests like this a day, but he found Paez’s request to be very specific, WTVJ reported.
Paez reportedly sent photographs of her son and specific locations of where he would be, which prompted Innes to call police.
“The ability to research names and addresses and verify the intended target lived in a particular address," Innes said. "That to me is a red flag. If that information is corroborated, to me that is something that needs to be looked at and that’s why I referred it."
Investigators were able to trace the IP address of the computer used to make the request and went to the physical address associated with it, officials said.
Once at the location, detectives spoke with the child’s grandmother, who identified the toddler, WFOR reported.
Detectives then posed as a hired hitman and communicated with Paez, who agreed to pay $3,000 for the murder, authorities said.
On Aug. 28., Gamaliel Soza, 18, was arrested and is accused of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and unlawful use of a communications device, NBC News reported.
Authorities said Soza had been texting with Paez about the alleged plot. In one text, Soza said, “The kid is the problem. I hope you see that all I ever wanted, was to free you. I told you about the kid. You won’t do anything."
In another alleged text exchange, police said Soza wrote: “You do it, and I’ll think about coming back.”
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Court documents do not state the relationship between Soza and Paez.
Paez was arrested and charged with soliciting murder and unlawful use of a communications device.
She was given a $15,000 bond, which she posted, and a judge ordered her to stay away from her child.
Soza also was given a $15,000 bond and he was ordered to not have contact with the toddler or anyone younger than 18 without permission, officials said.
According to WFOR, family members said the toddler is safe and with relatives. The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified, officials said.
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