Last week a man tried to snatch a child at a Volusia County daycare center. The perpetrator was Gustavo Dominguez, 26, of Deltona. He was charged with kidnapping and was booked into the Volusia Country Branch Jail on $10,000 bail.
According to Dennis Mulder, a former mayor and the daycare center’s director, Dominguez jumped the daycare’s fence and approached the nearest child. He said the suspect picked up a 5-year-old girl and started talking nonsensically. According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Dominguez repeatedly said “I’m the one,” and talked about how he wanted to take the girl to paradise. A female employee quickly snatched the child and yelled for help, and Dominguez fled.
It was reported that deputies had the man in custody within 10 minutes of the call. The Sheriff’s Office said that the five-year-old girl was not harmed and said did not know Dominguez. According to jail records, Dominguez had been arrested seven times since 2001. He also was Baker Acted on at least three occasions.
Child abduction is a parent’s worst nightmare and the scary reality is that it can happen anywhere, including a Florida day care center. Jacksonville parents/ all parents should inspect prospective day care centers to make sure it is properly secured to keep out strangers before trusting a day care center with their child’s safety. For more information on this topic, see man who jumped day-care fence, tried to grab child caught, deputies say.