UPDATE: Tatum Contosta was found Friday morning at a Walgreens in Orange County. Police said he would be turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families. No other information was released.
Another child has been missing for a period of days and has JUST been reported missing to police. The 4-year-old boy missing since July 14.
Tatum Contosta was last seen at the Budget Inn Motel, located at 307 E. Vine St. in Kissimmee, Fl. This area is known for sleazy motels that house a number of drug users and sexual offenders.
Kissimmee police issued the alert late Thursday, over a week after Tatum's mother, Jessica Contosta, said she left the boy at the motel with Silverio Irizarry, 45, a homeless man.
The boy's mother was later arrested in Orange County. She was booked on Public Indecency. She said she had not seen or heard from either her son or Irizarry since July 14.
Police said they are particularly worried, because Irizarry is homeless and has drug problems, including an addiction to heroin.
Jessica Contosta, 32 said Irizarry was only supposed to watch her son for about an hour. Irizarry is not related to either Tatum or his mother.
The proposed Caylee's Law will make it a felony for a parent or guardian to not notify law enforcement of a child going missing within 24 hours. Why didn't this lady mention the whereabouts of her son as soon as she was arrested!
People are saying that Florida is not a safe place for children. On the contrary, I believe it's an amazing place to raise children. I moved from NYC to Florida in order to give my kids the life I know they wouldn't be able to have in NYC. When I was raised there it was a different time, now kids are wild and things are happening to children there as well with molesters and horrible parents! The reason why it's not heard as much over there is because there are WORSE crimes occurring that these sexual crimes are not making headline news! In Florida, crime is minimal so yes, you hear about these crimes more often!
If you see either Tatum Contosta or Silverio Irizarry, contact one of the following:
- CrimeLine: (800) 423-TIPS (8477)
- Kissimmee police: firstname.lastname@example.org