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State v. Weingarth

Presented with a plea deal from the state that included jail time, the attorney for Carrie Weingarth declined the offer and then presented serious allegations against the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department in court Friday morning.

Weingarth, who is accused of abducting her three sons and driving them across the country, watched as her attorney berated police.

"They knew that an abduction had never taken place, that the police knew the father did not have custody (and) that the police basically lied to judge," Mauricio Padilla told Miami-Dade County Judge William Thomas.

Police claimed Weingarth picked up her oldest son from school in February and, along with her boyfriend and two other sons, drove to California, where she was arrested a week later.

"If there was false information provided to this court or provided to a federal agency, then this court will explore it and I will make the recommendation as I deem to be appropriate," Thomas said. "But I don't think you want to throw those type of allegations just out there."

When asked if he thought police had ulterior motives, Padilla simply replied, "Yes."

Detectives made the identities of the children public and notified the news media when the children were returned to South Florida.

School police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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