Toddler Wanders Hialeah Streets While Stoned Stripper Mom Sleeps

We don't want to say that all strippers are bad mothers. Some of them are just trying to put food on the table for their kids, but we're not all that surprised that a Hialeah exotic dancer has been arrested after her toddler was found roaming the streets while she sat passed out at home after getting drunk and smoking pot.

A garbage collector found the 4-year-old boy early Thursday morning wandering in the middle of the street. The worker stopped his truck, took the boy off the street, and tried to find his home.

The child led the man to an effeciency apartment in the back of a house, where his mother, 29-year-old Jacqueline Perez, was found passed out.

"The garbage men said they saw the little boy early in the morning, but when they passed by again at around 10 o'clock, and then saw him again all alone, they knew there was something wrong," Perez's landlord told WSVN.

Perez told police she had been drinking and smoking pot before nodding off, but seemed defiant as they arrested her for child neglect.

"Nothing, nothing happened to my kid. Nothing happened to him," she yelled after being handcuffed.

The boy was not injured, and the Department of Children and Families has no record of the mother. The boy is in the care of Perez's mother while Perez sits behind bars on $5,000 bail.

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Kyle Munzenrieder