Mother arrested after missing children found safe

in Volusia County News & Events


Volusia County, Fla. – Two children who went missing with their mother after a custody visit from Volusia County have been found in Columbia County, according to authorities.

The two children went missing with their mother, who lost custody of them after a violent domestic living environment, according to reports.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said the mother, Margarita Gutierrez, is in custody.

The two children and their mother met the children’s grandmother in DeLand. According to officials, the grandmother was previously given custody of the two children.

Authorities said the visit was unsupervised and happened at 12:30 p.m. Friday at a Lowe’s.