Celis family clarifies CPS involvement - Tucson News Now

Celis family clarifies CPS involvement

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Sergio Celis' sister, Elena Lukasiewicz, addressed the media before the candlelight vigil held for missing Isabel Celis Friday night.

Lukasiewicz said she was unhappy with the way the media has been bringing "bashing" the Celis family.

Six-year-old Isabel Celis has been missing now for 28 days.

Tucson police released earlier this week that Child Protective Services had increased its involvement in the case to ensure the welfare of the children. It was subsequently learned that the boys had been placed with Rebecca Celis.

Lukasiewicz said she wanted to clarify two points. The first was that Sergio had never directly communicated with Child Protective Services prior to last Thursday.

Lukasiewicz also clarified Sergio went to court three weeks ago to get an extension on a citation for expired dog tags- not animal abuse. She did not take any questions from the media.

Rebecca Celis, Isabel's mother, was in attendance and said it's been hard for her sons to be separated from Sergio, but everyone remains hopeful.

Tucson News Now's Matt Mendes is at the vigil and will bring live updates at 9 and 10 p.m.

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