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Lacking Miami Seaside Lady Leah-Ranee Rose Lassiter Reunited With Father After Six-Month Search


Rommel Lassiter has spent the previous six months hardly in a position to sleep and eat, questioning whether or not his little lady would ever come house.

After being awarded shared custody of his 5-year-old daughter Leah-Ranee Rose Lassiter in Miami-Dade household court docket, Lassiter was supposed to select her up from the Fienberg Fisher Okay-8 Heart in Miami Seaside on November 22, however the faculty mentioned she by no means arrived, and the lady’s mom, Chantelle Iman Dortch, was nowhere to be discovered.

Regardless of Lassiter’s repeated makes an attempt, Miami Seaside police refused to launch an Amber Alert for the lacking Black lady — as a result of, Lassiter says, they decided the problem was a civil/household matter between him and Dortch (i.e., not police enterprise) and declined to have a look at the court docket order documenting Lassiter’s authorized custody. When Lassiter mentioned he needed police to carry out a welfare test on Leah-Ranee, Lassiter says, the officer advised him, “And I wish to win the lottery.”

An incident report from MBPD notes that “Det. Sgt. Houser met with the complainant on the station and knowledgeable him that his case is a baby custody dispute incident. Sgt. Houser knowledgeable me that an incident report is required on this matter. A case card was issued to the complainant.”

Six months later, police in Georgia situated Leah-Ranee outdoors Atlanta. She has been reunited together with her father and returned house to Miami Seaside.

“I am super-excited, I am crying,” Lassiter tells New Occasions. “No one knew for positive if she was all proper, and I wanted to see that for myself that she was okay. Now I am pleased.”

As Lassiter’s legal professional, Malik Leigh, tells it, final week an unidentified tipster in South Fulton, Georgia, half an hour outdoors of Atlanta, crossed paths with Dortch and her daughter and sensed that one thing was amiss. After trying up Dortch on-line, the tipster discovered a lacking poster for Leah-Ranee and browse New Occasions‘ protection of her case, prompting the tipster to name Dortch’s legal professional.

click on to enlarge Leah-Ranne Rose Lassiter's missing poster created by Malik Leigh's law firm after Miami Beach police declined to issue an Amber Alert. - SCREENSHOT FROM WATSON LEIGH VIA INSTAGRAM

Leah-Ranne Rose Lassiter’s lacking poster created by Malik Leigh’s regulation agency after Miami Seaside police declined to problem an Amber Alert.

Leigh says he had advised police his consumer’s daughter was doubtless within the Atlanta space, the place Dortch has household however that the tipster’s name was the primary sighting of Leah-Ranee since she went lacking. When he acquired the tip, Leigh contacted MBPD, which forwarded the knowledge to the South Fulton Police Division (SFPD), which instantly started surveilling Dortch and rapidly situated the lady.

“As soon as SFPD bought on it, they bought on it. They wasted no time,” Leigh stories. “It was a night-and-day distinction within the consideration paid to us by Georgia police and Miami Seaside police,” he provides.

Final yr, MBPD spokesperson Ernesto Rodriguez defined to New Occasions that “investigators suggested the lacking baby doesn’t meet FDLE’s standards for an Amber Alert and subsequently one couldn’t be finalized. We now have entered the kid into the database as lacking. As for an arrest warrant, the kid’s father would first need to file an emergency injunction previous to an arrest warrant being issued.”

Leigh’s response on the time: “That is what occurs when Black children go lacking. We’re by no means alerted. That is par for the course. [Lassiter] acquired that remedy due to who he’s and what he seemed like. That is one thing to be anticipated in South Florida, and particularly in Miami Seaside.”

Leigh says South Fulton police retrieved Leah-Ranee and arrested Dortch as a “fugitive from justice” on Could 19, solely hours after he defined the scenario. Lassiter took a flight to Georgia and by midnight on Could 20 he and his daughter had been reunited at an SFPD police station.

Leah-Ranee is now again in Miami Seaside, the place Lassiter is homeschooling her to make up for the six months she fell behind in her courses. He says the 5-year-old was pleased to see all of her outdated toys, stuffed animals, and work nonetheless in her room precisely the place she left them.

“At first it was virtually like she didn’t know me as a result of she was in a traumatizing scenario. The one particular person she’d been round was her mother,” Lassiter tells New Occasions. “I do know it may be a course of for her, however I’m going be there daily together with her.”



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