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Mother arrested in Palm Beach County after 3 children vanished earlier this month; kids found safe

Maria Trinidad Perez located at mobile home park in Palm Beach County
Maria Trinidad Perez was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service on May 16, 2024.
Posted at 9:41 PM, May 16, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Police in West Palm Beach said Thursday that the U.S. Marshals Service has located the mother of three missing children after a warrant was issued for her arrest earlier this week. The children were also found safe.

The Marshals Service located Maria Trinidad Perez, 36, late Thursday afternoon at the Casa Del Monte mobile home park located at 1538 63rd Drive South.

Investigators said they obtained surveillance and saw a woman that matched her description.

When they confirmed her identity, marshals approached her home, knocked on the door and she surrendered without resisting.

Maria Trinidad Perez appears in a Palm Beach County courtroom on May 17, 2024, to face three counts of interfering with the custody of a minor.
Maria Trinidad Perez appears in a Palm Beach County courtroom on May 17, 2024, to face three counts of interfering with the custody of a minor.

Police said Perez's three children, who had been missing since May 8, were also at the home.

The three boys, ages 8, 13 and 16, are now in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Detectives said she didn't turn herself in because she was scared, even though police said she would originally face no consequences.

Perez faces charges after failing to bring the boys to meet with police and DCF caseworkers.

During a Friday morning appearance in a Palm Beach County courtroom, a judge set her bond at $9,000 and ordered her to have no contact with her children.