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Florida mom accused of trying to hire hitman to kill her 3-year-old son

A second person has also been charged in the alleged plot that officials say happened on a parody website,
/ Source: NBC News

Two people have been charged in an alleged murder plot after a mother attempted to hire a hitman online to kill her 3-year-old son using a parody website, according to court records from Florida.

Jazmin Paez, 18, was arrested on July 18 after submitting a request on to kill her son, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

While trying to hire a hitman, Paez submitted an address and picture of her son, the affidavit states. She also provided a safe word for the potential contracted killer, which was, “Put me in coach,” the affidavit said.

The website’s creator contacted Miami-Dade police last month, and an investigation was immediately launched, the affidavit said.

A police officer posed as the potential hitman during a text exchange and agreed to be paid $3,000 for the job, according to the affidavit.

Paez is charged with first-degree solicitation of murder and unlawful use of a communications device, the affidavit said. Her attorney could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

On Monday, Gamaliel Soza, 18, was arrested and is accused of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and unlawful use of a communications device.

He was in touch with Paez by text and wrote about the potential plot to kill Paez’s toddler son, according to an arrest affidavit.

“The kid is the problem. I hope you see that all I ever wanted was to free you. I told you about the kid. You won’t do anything,” the affidavit said.

In another text exchange between Paez and Soza, Soza allegedly wrote, “You do it, and I’ll think about coming back.”

Soza’s lawyer declined to comment Wednesday.

According to NBC South Florida, a bond was set for him at $15,000. A judge ordered Soza not to have contact with the toddler or anyone younger than 18 without supervision, the outlet reported.

The parody website has garnered national headlines before.

In April, an Air National Guardsman was charged with applying to be a hitman. Josiah Ernesto Garcia applied on the website and submitted identification and a résumé, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.

The website was created in 2005 to advertise a cybersecurity startup. But when it failed, it would get inquiries for hitman services. It was then converted to a parody site with false testimonials from users, according to a criminal complaint in Garcia’s case.