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Hearing postponed for woman who took son from Cutler Bay school

 

mperez@elNuevoHerald.com

A hearing for Carrie Weingarth — the woman who picked up her 12-year-old son from school in Cutler Bay without permission, taking off with him and his two brothers to California — was postponed.

The state attorney’s office was expected to offer a plea deal at the hearing, which had been set for Monday.

“We are in negotiations with the state attorney’s office,” said Mauricio Padilla, one of the two lawyers defending Weingarth.

Weingarth pleaded not guilty two weeks ago to a charge of interference with the father’s custody of his children. Prosecutor Natalie Snyder told the judge in the case that her office was in the process of crafting a plea deal.

Weingarth went to Gulfstream Elementary School on Feb. 14 to pick up her older son, Erin Peña. She asked for permission to pick him up and was denied, but she managed to get him out of school.

The father, Steven Peña, who lived with Erin and had registered him in school, had instructed the school not to let Weingarth pick up their son.

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