Cops: Parents lied about stolen car with son, 3, in the back

Angelica Luz Marrero and Nestor Gerardo Badillo (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)

CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) — The Pinellas County parents who police say lied about a stolen car with their child in the back bonded out of jail Thursday morning. Angelica Luz Marrero told News Channel 8 Reporter, Adrienne Pedersen, she’s sorry and admitted to tricking police so they would track down her car faster.

“I apologize to everybody. I will never do it again,” Marrero said. “You will never see me here again.”

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According to Clearwater Police, Marrero called 911 Wednesday afternoon to say someone stole her car from the front yard and took off with her 3-year-old son, Ismyel Dinero Badillo, in the back.

Thankfully, the child was safe at day care in Pinellas Park the entire time. Marrero, along with the child’s father, Nestor Badillo, plus Stevie Gamble Jr, who stole the car, all went to jail.

Ismyel Dinero Badillo, age 3.
Ismyel Dinero Badillo, age 3.

Marrero is charged with false report of crime, misuse of 911 and possession of marijuana. Nestor Gerardo Badillo is also charged with false report of crime and misuse of 911.

News Channel 8 spoke with Angelica Luz Marrero when she bonded out of jail Thursday morning. Watch the video above.

Clearwater police tell News Channel 8 this was drug related. She denies that. After Pedersen asked about Marrero’s possession of marijuana she replied, “.2 is this much, honey. That’s residue. Marijuana is legal in other states. I don’t consider marijuana a drug.”

Police say the mom had her car stolen two weeks ago, and it took officers “a while” to get there. She knew they’d get there right away if she said there was a child involved.

Marrero says she’s sorry and cried as she apologized.

“I was this close to losing my kids,” Marrero said. “A car is not worth it. I love my kids and I’m going to go get my kids.”

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