A West Palm Beach, Florida, woman who reported her 6-year-old missing—leading to an Amber Alert—actually got drunk and couldn’t remember where her daughter was, police alleged early Sunday.
Maria Irias, 29, was arrested Sunday morning and charged with making a false police report and child neglect without great bodily harm. According to the Palm Beach Post, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBCSO) issued an Amber Alert for Nataly Irias Saturday evening after her mother said her daughter was kidnapped.
The 29-year-old reportedly claimed her and her daughter accepted a ride home from a stranger at a local grocery store. When getting out the car, the mom said the suspect drove off with Nataly.
Maria also described the supposed fictitious suspect as a black man, 30-35 years of age, 5’6”, thin build, bald, and having no facial hair. She also claimed he was driving a small black SUV and spoke fluent Spanish, according to WPEC.
2nd UPDATE: Nataly's mother has been arrested. Maria Irias, mother, stated her daughter was not kidnapped and she…
Not only was the girl found safe with family Sunday morning but the PBCSO claimed Maria confessed she “had been drinking most of the day and she simply can’t remember where her daughter” was, the Sun Sentinel reported. Deputies said she last remembered seeing the 6-year-old “around 3:30 or 4:00 pm Saturday.”
A BM offered to give them a ride home from El Bodegón. The mother got out of the vehicle and before she could get Nataly, the male sped off. https://t.co/jH5qYkt0rf
— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) March 26, 2017
PBCSO weighed in on the situation.
“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.”
Maria is currently held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $3,000 bail.
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