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Date of Issue: February 23, 2007

Holmes Beach woman absconds with son, arrested

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Nidia Cruz

A Holmes Beach woman who did not have custody or permission to be with any of her three children removed her 7-year-old son from her mother's home in east Bradenton and then disappeared.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Nidia Cruz, 30, does not have custody of her three children and may only have supervised contact with her children. The children were placed with Cruz' mother in November 2006.

Cruz removed her 7-year-old son from her mother's residence at 606 60th Ave. Drive E., Bradenton, on Thursday, Feb. 15. Cruz' mother was aware at the time that she took the child.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Cruz was located at her residence at 2703 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach and was arrested for Interference with Child Custody and Giving a False Name to a Law Enforcement Officer.

The child, who was not with his mother at the time, was located a short time later with the assistance of Cruz' boyfriend and was placed in custody of Child Protective Services along with Cruz' other two children.

The custodial grandmother, who was not named in the sheriff's office report, was taken into custody on an unrelated immigration warrant.

Story and photo courtesy Mike Quinn, publisher of NewsManatee.com, The Islander's online news partner.