Florida Woman & Man Kidnap Toddler at Keys Hotel
Florida Woman Zita Gasperik, 49, of Marathon along with her husband Hans are sitting in the Monroe County jail after they allegedly kidnapped her co-workers 16 month old baby.
Monroe County Deputies responded to the Fairfield Inn & Suites in the middle keys city of Marathon refence a possible kidnapping. When they arrived, an employee stated that another hotel employee by the name of Zita Gasperik, disappeared with her baby from the hotel breakfast area without permission.
Gasperik told the child’s mother how cute her baby was and took a picture of her. Gasperik then reportedly said “This baby is mine today,” and took the child to the hotel’s breakfast room. When the mother went to the breakfast area to check on them, she discovered to her horror that Gasperik had left with her child.
KIDNAPPING ARREST: A 49-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday on accusations that she kidnapped a 16-month-old child from a hotel in the Florida Keys. https://t.co/lzhya52C5a
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Deputies began an area search and a short time later found Gasperik along with her husband Jan Hans Gasperik, 49, driving on Highway U.S. 1 during the hurricane evacuation. Zita was sitting in the passenger seat with the child sitting on her lap instead of a car seat, and Jan was driving. Deputies conducted a traffic stop at 13201 Overseas Highway without incident. The baby was reunited with the mother unharmed.
It’s possible the kidnapping may have had a ransom demand as part of it as indicated by the statute charged. There is no other information at his time
Gasperik and her husband were transported to the Monroe County Jail and charged with one count of Felony Kidnapping a Minor for Ransom, Florida State Statute 787.01.1a1, and one count of Felony Child Neglect, Florida State Statute 827.03.2d. Gasperik is scheduled for a court appearance on October 11, 2022.
Monroe County Court records show Gasperik has one prior Uniform Traffic Citation, and was charged with Misdemeanor Battery in 2018, but the case was dropped.
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