Cid Torrez, who as been called a person of interest in the disappearance of Vilet Torrez from Miramar, Fla. is scheduled to have his children returned to him today.
After an investigation by DCF, they determined the children were not in danger with their father, Cid Torrez and they intended to turn them over to his care, Richard Della Fera, Cid’s attorney told CBS news.
The children who were being cared for by Vilet’s mother, Gladys Blanco and family, received an unexpected knock on the door from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) on Saturday and were told they were there to pick up the children and deliver them to their father, Cid Torrez, Vilet’s estranged husband.
The Blanco family stated they will not turn over the children unless they receive a signed court order by a judge.
Before this, the children, Vilet, 13, Cid, 8, and Marcus, 5, were living with their mother, Vilet. Vilet disappeared on March 30, 2012.
Fera said the children were taken away because the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) were investigation an allegation that Cid had an argument with his father-in-law and had gotten a gun, reports CBS News. Cid also had threatened to harm himself after Vilet disappeared.
Though no gun was found in Torrez’s previously shared home or car, a judge ruled at an emergency custody hearing that the children would stay with Vilet Torrez’ parents and have supervised visitation with their father. Then on April 26, a South Florida judge ruled that the three children would remain with their maternal grandparents and also ordered Cid Torrez to stop making unsupervised contact with the children, reports the Huffington Post.
Then today, the Blanco family received a call from the office of Judge Susan Lebow.
“[We were] informed that there is a brief meeting at 3:30 p.m. today were Judge Lebow is going to formally order that Vilet’s children be released to Cid, who is still the only person named as a person of interest in Vilet’s ongoing missing person/homicide investigation. For the record, we were never contacted by ChildNet following the voluntary dismissal by Jeanette Andrews-Thompson on Friday and this unfortunate fact is exhibited by our many attempts at reaching the state attorney’s office, DCF and ChildNet employees immediately upon receiving notice on Friday and continued to do so on Saturday morning,” Javier informed Jerrie Dean, Examiner’s Missing Person columnist.
Javier Blanco, Vilet’s brother said that his sister suffered abuse by the hands of Cid and she was divorcing him.
“If what we think happened happened, then the kids are in grave danger and I think the state of Florida at the very least should have made a case, should have made an argument, the blood of three children is going to be on the state of Florida on their hands, ” said Javier.
The Blanco family stated today that Fera will be there to pick up the court order signed by Judge Lebow mandating that the children be released to him.
“The Blanco family is not planning to be in attendance…we instead want to spend what little time we have left with Vilet’s precious children, especially given the fact that the children have expressed their desire to remain in our care,” stated Javier.
The Blanco family is also worried they will lose contact with the kids as Torrez will not let them see them, and their fears may be warranted.
Susan Powell’s husband, Josh Powell, who was the POI in her disappearance, did not allow the children’s maternal grandparents to see the children and moved in with his father, Steven Powell, who was later arrested for child pornography and is currently going through a trial on those charges.
Michelle Parker’s mother is facing the same situation as her grandchildren, who she had been taking care of since Michelle’s disappearance, were given to their father, Dale Smith, who is the only suspect in Michelle’s disappearance.
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