Multiple news outlets reported that a 5-year-old girl died after her mother led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase and ended up crashing into a retention pond in Jacksonville.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said police were called to conduct an investigation into a reported kidnapping on the city’s Northside around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, according to First Coast News.
A woman, later identified as Pamela Cabrera, 32, was said to have kidnapped a 5-year-old girl while brandishing a knife, according to the caller. According to ActionNewsJax, the child has been identified as Cabrera’s daughter.
When officers arrived on the scene, they spotted Cabrera’s car and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but she fled, leading to a 30-mile chase. During the chase, police said they reached speeds of up to 90 mph.
a retention pond, according to police. Cabrera and the child were rescued after sheriff’s deputies jumped out of their cars and swam into the pond, and a dive team was dispatched to the incident.
The child was, unfortunately, located at the bottom of the pond, deceased,” Officer Christian Hancock, the public information officer with the sheriff’s office told News4Jax.
Cabrera was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, eluding police, and assaulting a police officer in Duval County. She is being held with no bond.
Cabrera has previous arrests in Hillsborough County for battery and spitting on a police officer, according to online jail records.