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Father of missing Arizona girl told to stay away from sons

Father of missing Arizona girl told to stay away from sons
Monday, May 14, 2012 - 5:52pm

(CNN) -- The father of missing 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis has been told by authorities in Arizona that he cannot have contact with his two sons, a Tucson police spokeswoman said Monday.

Spokeswoman Maria Hawke declined to say why the order was given and referred any further questions to Child Protective Services. A call to CPS was not immediately returned.

"Recently, detectives became aware of information regarding the welfare of the older Celis children. That information was shared with CPS for their consideration and determination relating to this investigation," Tucson police said in a statement.

"Subsequent to their assessment, CPS instituted certain measures to ensure the continued welfare of the Celis children. It needs to be stressed that is common practice for CPS to become involved in investigations regarding missing children," the statement said.

Isabel was reported missing from her family's home April 21. She was last seen by family members at 11 p.m. the night before, and a screen was found removed from one of the home's windows, according to Tucson police.

Authorities have described the child's disappearance as suspicious, but have not identified any suspects in Isabel's case or indicated what they believe could have happened to her.

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