Custody Hearing for Children of Missing Miramar Woman

Father seeking full custody of children of Vilet Torrez

By Donna Rapado, Diana Gonzalez and Brian Hamacher
|  Thursday, May 10, 2012  |  Updated 9:16 PM EDT
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The estranged husband of a Miramar woman who went missing in March was in a Broward County courtroom Thursday to ask a judge to dismiss a temporary custody order that would give his three kids back to him full time. Vilet Torrez's brother Javier Blanco and attorney for Cid Torrez, Richard Della Fera talk about the mother.

The estranged husband of a Miramar woman who went missing in March was in a Broward County courtroom Thursday to ask a judge to dismiss a temporary custody order that would give his three kids back to him full time. Vilet Torrez's brother Javier Blanco and attorney for Cid Torrez, Richard Della Fera talk about the mother.

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Estranged Husband Of Missing Miramar Woman Hopeful She Will Come Home: Attorney

The man named a person of interest in the disappearance of his estranged wife is hopeful she will come home and be with their children, his attorney told NBC 6 on Thursday. "He says he?s innocent. He had nothing to do with her disappearance and he?s hopeful she?ll come home and be with the children and put the family back together," said Cid Torrez?s attorney Richard Della Fera. Vilet Torrez went missing on March 30.

Miramar Mother Still Missing Four Weeks Later

Monday marked four weeks since Vilet Torrez was reported as missing. The Miramar mother has not been seen for a bit longer -? an entire month. Her sister Nayiva Blanco says, "Ever since last night I?ve been thinking a lot about her."
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The estranged husband of a Miramar woman who went missing in March was in a Broward County courtroom Thursday to ask a judge to dismiss a temporary custody order that would give his three kids back to him full time.

The children of Cid Torrez were temporarily removed from his custody by the court last month, days after their mother, Vilet Torrez, went missing.

On Thursday, Judge Susan Lebow set a dependency trial date of May 29 in the case and said the children will remain with Vilet Torrez's parents, who were given custody of them last month.

Cid Torrez will be allowed more supervised visits, including later this month for two of the children's birthdays. His parents will also be allowed supervised visits, Lebow said.

The judge's initial decision to remove the children from their father's custody was made after a confidential call was made to the Florida Abuse Hotline, according to Florida Department of Children and Families spokesman Mark Riordan.

Vilet Torrez's brother, Javier Blanco, said a family member made the call after Cid Torrez threatened to get a gun and "end it all." Cid Torrez's attorney, Richard Della Fera, called it a "very thin case."

Investigators have said they consider Cid Torrez a person of interest in the March 30 disappearance of his 38-year-old wife.

Authorities have searching canals in Miramar in recent weeks, but haven't confirmed if they're looking for Vilet Torrez.

After Thursday's hearing, Vilet Torrez's brother, Javier Blanco, said he thinks she was killed by her husband.

Della Fera said the Blanco family never liked Cid Torrez and are taking their frustrations out on him. He said his client had nothing to do with Vilet Torrez's disappearance. 

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