After guzzling down beers and throwing back some shots at BB King’s Restaurant and Blues Club in West Palm Beach, Amanda Marsh and her boyfriend Perry Buesking left the restaurant and walked to the CityPlace parking garage on Gardenia Avenue.
A few minutes later a 7-year-old boy and his 10-year-old brother went up to the bartender asking where their mom was.
A restaurant employee soon found Marsh, 28, and Buesking, 44, on the third floor of the parking garage and attempted to bring the kids to the couple.
An employee soon called police after Marsh denied being the mother of the two kids who were seen in the restaurant with her, according to a West Palm Beach Police probable cause affidavit.
Now the mother of two and her live-in boyfriend of five years are facing criminal charges in the Palm Beach County Jail. They were booked into the jail Saturday on charges of neglecting a child without great bodily harm, disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer. Marsh is being held in lieu of $15,000 and her boyfriend in lieu of $10,000, jail records show.
The boys told police they have been living in a van or in motels since October when Marsh and her boyfriend, Buesking, removed them from school in Arizona. The couple sold their property and the four have been on a “road trip” since then, the affidavit says.
Police were called to the parking lot around midnight Saturday and tried speaking with the couple and the restaurant employees.
Restaurant employees told police one of the workers stopped serving the couple alcohol and noticed soon after that they left the bar.
A few minutes later the boys asked where their mother was and that’s when the employee met up with them in the garage.
The employee asked Marsh if she has two kids. She responded “no”, the affidavit says.
Buesking began giving Marsh strange looks and finally spoke up and claimed the kids after Marsh denied the kids again.
While officers tried speaking with the couple, Marsh yelled obscenities while slurring her words and failing to maintain her balance.
She refused to answer if she was the mother of the two boys.
Then she tried to kick the officer but was unsuccessful as he swept her left leg using his right foot which caused her to fall to the ground. She was then handcuffed, the affidavit says.
“Her actions caused patrons walking to and from CityPlace to stop and stare,” the officer wrote.
Meanwhile, Buesking was cursing and smelled of alcohol. When told he was under arrest, Buesking tried walking away but was soon taken into custody.
Marsh has been taken into custody numerous times since 2002 in Florida and in other states. She has been arrested in Palm Beach County on charges of domestic battery, obstruction of justice, possession of paraphernalia and displaying another driver’s license.
She was arrested in 2007 in Arizona on two counts of driving under the influence while a person under the age of 15 is in the vehicle.
Records show she pleaded guilty to one count and the other was dropped.