Pamela Cabrera kidnapped, daughter killed Vanity: officers

Booking photo by Pamela Cabrera.

Pamela Cabrera.

A Florida woman kidnapped her 5-year-old daughter, led authorities into a high-speed chase down the freeway, and then fell into a pond, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The child died. Pamela Tereza Cabrera32, remains jailed on charges including fleeing or attempting to escape a law enforcement officer, vehicle murder and multiple counts of battery to a law enforcement officer, firefighter or EMT, online jail records show.

The family identified the child as nullityaccording to TV stations WJXX/WTLV.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office initially did not name the people involved. In an impromptu press conference after the incident, officer Christian Hancock said authorities received a call about an ongoing kidnapping. An officer on the way encountered the suspect vehicle at a traffic light by initially approaching it head-on. The driver matched the suspect’s description, he said. The officer turned to approach the vehicle from behind, but the suspect fled, Hancock said.

The driver, who allegedly had a knife during the hijacking, led authorities in a 30-mile chase where speeds reached about 90 mph, the official said. The woman once attempted to exit Interstate 95, but she ended up driving off the ramp and into the pond, he said. Officers got out of their vehicles, stripped of their gear and entered the water, where they arrested the woman but were unable to locate the child.

A dive team eventually found the girl dead at the bottom of the pond, Hancock said.

According to records of Cabrera lived with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder WJAX.

She reportedly lost custody of Vanity to the Department of Children and Families, who turned the child over to her sister. Her mother reportedly tried to get her help and asked for a power of attorney to help her make decisions.

The family said there was an altercation at a home on Shore Rush Trail prior to Friday’s incident.

Cabrera reportedly failed to appear in court for “disruptive” behavior and is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

An indictment is scheduled for April 21.

[Booking photo via Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office]

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