Suspected human trafficker arrested, 3 kids recovered after chase in Northwest Florida

Suspected human trafficker arrested, 3 kids recovered after chase in Northwest Florida

Photo: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
By WEAR Staff, WEAR-TV

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — Florida deputies say three minors are safe after a high-speed chase for a burglary suspect ended in a crash in Jackson County Wednesday.

Deputies say the man drove off when they initially tried to talk to him following a burglary nearby. A chase ensued before he lost control of his car and crashed near the intersection of Dogwood Drive and Old Greenwood Road, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies took the man into custody.

According to deputies, a 17-year-old girl crawled out of the car and a 2-year-old child was found standing in the backseat. Deputies also found a 3-year-old child who had been thrown from the car into the grass.

The children were all “miraculously” unharmed, deputies say.

The sheriff’s office says they didn’t know three minors were in the car during the chase or else they would have not allowed it to continue.

Deputies identified the suspect as Domingo Morales Hamilton Fernando as the suspect. He is in critical condition.

Deputies say the man is wanted for being in the country illegally, according to the Department of Homeland Security. He is also wanted in connection to human trafficking and smuggling.

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