Amber Alert suspects identified, both to be held without bond
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has confirmed to WCTV the identities of two suspects
Kevin Olmeda-Velis and Tania Fortin-Duarte are currently being held in the Leon County Jail. Both are being held on interference of custody charges, and being held on a warrant out of Orange County.
The Florida Highway Patrol has confirmed to WCTV that Fortin-Duarte is Madeline Mejia's mother. She does not have custody of the child.
Olmeda-Velis is Fortin-Duarte's boyfriend, according to court documents.
In their first court appearance Tuesday morning, the judge said both suspects will be held without bond until they return to Orange County. Orange County officials will make the arrangements for their transportation. It is unclear at this point when that will happen.
The father of the child, Lester Mejia, was interviewed again by Apopka Police Department detectives. They found he didn't tell the truth when his daughter first went missing, according to the department. Lester Mejia told detectives in the second interview he was at his job when a relative reached out and told him Fortin-Duarte had taken their daughter.
He told police a 911 dispatcher told him there was no crime if the mother had the child, so he made up the initial abduction story in hopes it would help in recovering his daughter, according to Apopka police. He first told police he saw a stranger take the child from his front yard.
Lester Mejia has legal custody of his daughter, and Fortin-Duarte unlawfully took her from his custody, police say.
The department says it is continuing to investigate the case.