Maria Irias, 29, was arrested in West Palm Beach, Florida, after it came to the police’s attention that she had reported her daughter missing and told them a bogus story about a hispanic kidnapper, causing the state to issue an Amber alert for the child. It turned out, however, that Irias told the lie to keep police from finding out that she was actually drinking, and lost her child of her own accord.
She has been charged with making a false police report and child neglect without great bodily harm and currently being held in jail.
Luckily, police were able to find the missing 6-year-old over the weekend.
The Daily Mail reports:
Maria Irias claimed she had been at a nearby grocery store with her daughter, when a man she did not know offered to give them a lift home to the Tavaras Cove Mobile Home Park, Palm Beach Police said.
According to her original story, the mom told police she got out of the car when they reached home about 4pm, only for the black or Hispanic man to speed off with her daughter still inside.
She described the man as: 30 to 35 years old, bald, no facial hair, 5’6, medium skin color with a thin build. She also said he was driving a small newer model black SUV.
But the mother has since corrected the story, and confessed that she had been drinking and no kidnapping took place.
‘After further investigation the mother admitted to detectives that she was not at the store, she did not accept a ride from a Hispanic male and the child was NOT kidnapped,’ the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Police found the missing girl on Sunday morning.