The children of a missing Pleasant Grove woman will remain with her mother.
A judge on Thursday granted Marisol Espinosa's mother temporary custody of the two children Espinosa shares with her ex-boyfriend, who has been missing since shortly after she disappeared in late December.
The family's attorney said Thursday's proceedings give rosemary the right to make all decisions for the children and keeps the children's father, Faustino Valdez, from getting involved or trying to take them away.
The two children and Marisol's oldest daughter from a previous relationship have been in their grandmother's care since their mother went missing Dec. 29.
“Try to get some stability and some normalcy for them. They still need to go to school and get their education and be able to sleep comfortably at night,” said Wendy Lopez, Marisol's cousin.
In court it was also revealed that Valdez is now considered a fugitive. He has not been charged in Marisol's disappearance, but court documents show he is now considered a fugitive on two theft charges from 2010 related to stolen backhoes that he allegedly tried to sell.
The family said they still feel confident they will find Marisol and bring her home. They plan to meet at the McDonalds at Buckner and Bruton roads this weekend at 10 a.m. to continue their search.
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