South Florida Mother Accused of Fleeing With Children Makes Court Appearance

Friday, Apr 4, 2014  |  Updated 9:09 PM EDT
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The South Florida mother accused of taking her three sons across the countrywithout permission appeared in court on Friday

The South Florida mother accused of taking her three sons across the countrywithout permission appeared in court on Friday

The South Florida mother accused of taking her three sons across the country without permission appeared in court on Friday and watched as her attorneys lob some serious allegations against the Miami-Dade Schools Police.

Carrie Weingarth’s lawyers argued that the father who now has custody of the three boys is not really the father at all. The lawyers also alleged that Miami-Dade Schools Police Department manufactured the investigation to get overtime money and knew the alleged kidnapping wasn’t a crime at all. School police did not respond to NBC6’s request for a comment.

The judge slammed the unproven accusations and rescheduled the hearing for next week.

Weingarth became the subject of a multi-state search after she walked into Gulfstream Elementary School on Feb. 14 and without authorization from school officials or her kids' father took 12-year-old son Erin and disappeared along with his two brothers, Steven, age 8, and Derick, age 7.

After a massive search led by Miami-Dade Schools Police, Weingarth and boyfriend Christopher Coello were arrested in Barstow, California.

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