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Palm Beach County mother admits she lied about 6-year-old daughter's kidnapping

Posted at 11:42 PM, Mar 25, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-27 03:26:59-04

UPDATE: Maria Irias, 29, the mother of 6-year-old Nataly Irias, is facing charges for child neglect and false report of a non-existent crime.

She is currently being held on a $4,000 bond.

Nataly was safe with an aunt the entire time. 

PBSO says after questioning Irias she changed her story about the disappearance of the daughter.

She admitted to investigators that she had been drinking throughout the day, and hadn't seen her daughter since Saturday afternoon.

"Nothing is wrong with Maria. It was only a bad day. She goes to church four days a week. Praise the Lord, she's Christian," said Irias' sister-in-law Sandra Rosales.

The judge said Irias cannot have contact her child or drink alcohol if she posts bond. 

She faces charges of child neglect and making a false report. 


An Amber Alert is issued for 6-year-old Nataly Irias. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Offrice says Nataly and her mother were given a ride by a man. The two were at El Bodegon grocery store around 9:20pm Saturday night in Greenacres.

The mother says a black man offered them a ride home. The mother accepted. When they arrived at the Tavaras Cove Mobile Home Park in the 2400 block of Avenid Madrid Este, the mother got out the vehicle. But before she could open the back door to get the girl out, the man drove off at a high rate of speed with the girl.

Nataly was wearing a gray t-shirt with a bear on the front and black leggings. She speaks both English and Spanish.

He's driving a small black colored newer model SUV with no tint. He's described as 30-35 years of age, bald, no facial hair and about 5'6. He speaks fluent Spanish.

Anyone with information, should call the Sheriff's Office or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.