KISSIMMEE — In a reminder that being a parent doesn’t mean absolute authority over your child, detectives in Osceola County just located a two year old girl illegally taken from her mother, and there is still a felony warrant out for the arrest of the child’s father.
Detectives with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in finding Archie Yobnovich, who is the biological father of a two-year-old girl named Miley George. She was found safe and in good health on Monday by Osceola detectives in conjunction with the U.S. Marshall’s Florida Regional Recovery Unit. The child was found in the Orlando area and returned to her mother.
She was first reported missing on Dec. 9.
There is still a search underway for Yobnovich.
On Dec. 9 around 1 a.m., Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies got a call from a home on Corvette Lane in Kissimmee, where the resident, Tilly George, reported that her boyfriend, Yobnovich, had taken her daughter, Miley, for a walk at 5 p.m. on Friday and never returned.
Although Yobnovich is Miley’s biological father, Tilly George has primary custody of the girl, noted Twis Lizasuain, public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the case.
The mother told deputies that around 5:45 p.m. on Friday, she spoke with Yobnovich by phone, and he told her he would return her daughter by 7:00 p.m.
“When he did not return, she notified law enforcement,” Lizasuain said.
Deputies made several attempts to contact Yobnovich but were unable to find him.
“Based on the information provided by Tilly indicating she is the primary caretaker, a felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for Yobnovich,” Lizasauin said, while adding, “At this time deputies have no reason to believe Yobnovich would harm his daughter, but are seeking the public’s help in locating Miley.”
The sheriff’s office released photos to the media of both Miley George and Yobnovich in the hope that the public can help them locate the girl and her father.
This is not the only recent case in Osceola County involving children.
One day earlier, Osceola County deputies responded to a very different kind of case involving a child.
On Dec. 8 around 5 p.m., deputies got a call to respond to the Cobblestone Apartment Complex in Kissimmee, where a child was alleedly being neglected.
“When they arrived, they knocked on the door of an apartment and a small child opened the door and said, ‘Policemen, mommy is not here, I watching my sisters. Can you watch us now?’ ” noted Lizasuain. “Three small children ages five, three and two were in the apartment, alone.”
Deputies contacted the Department of Children and Families, and tried to contact the children’s mother, Yvonne M. Rodriguez.
She came home around 6:41 p.m. that evening, and “told deputies she went to the grocery store, Best Buy and to a nail salon,” Lizasuain noted. “She thought her five year old was mature enough to take care of his sisters.”
Deputies concluded otherwise, and Rodriquez was arrested and charged with three counts of child neglect. She was booked into the Osceola County Jail.
The Department of Children and Families contacted the children’s grandparents and transferred custody to them.
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