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The husband of a missing California woman, who has also been named a person of interest in her disappearance, is fighting to keep their kids away from her side of the family, according to court documents.
Maya Millete, 39, was last seen in January at her home in Chula Vista, the same day she scheduled an appointment with a divorce lawyer. By February, her husband Larry Millete had stopped cooperating with the local police department, officials previously confirmed to Oxygen.com.
Since the mother vanished, her side of the family has not been able to see the couple’s three children. The missing mother's parents, Pablito and Noemi Tabalanza, filed petition in May so they could see the kids.
Larry filed a response to their petition last week, obtained by local outlet KFMB-TV, claiming that the Tabalanzas "and their extended family have not played an integral part of our children’s lives since birth."
"This is a desperate attempt to persuade the court to grant visitation rights to May’s parents who is being used by Maricris and Richard Drouaillet to be able to harass and question our children regarding the disappearance of my wife and their mother," the filing states.
The Chula Vista police confirmed Larry Millette's status as a person of interest in a statement to Oxygen.com back in July.
"He's trying to cut ties with the family,” Richard Drouaillet, Maya's brother-in-law, told Fox News. “It's been really hard to communicate with the kids for the last eight months. We're trying to fix it, you know, create a bridge so that we can see them through a Facetime, or have a Zoom meeting with them or something, but the father has been denying everything.”
Police filed a gun violence restraining order request against Larry back in May, claiming that he was in possession of "illegal assault weapons and unregistered firearms," posing an "extreme danger to the public in both the cities of Chula Vista and San Diego.”
A pair of photos dated two days after Maya vanished were included in that request. The couple’s 4-year-old son can allegedly be seen "standing on the table surrounded by the same cache of legal and illegal firearms and ammunition” in one of the photographs, according to authorities.
"The child had immediate access to the illegal assault weapons and the fourteen other firearms and ammunition creating a potential extreme danger to the child and those physically present at the home," San Diego Police Det. Justin Garlow wrote in the request.
Guns were seized from Larry's home as a result of that request.
Police said in a Thursday police advisory that they have interviewed 79 people and executed 64 search warrants for "residences, vehicles, cellular and electronic devices, call detail records, financial records, social media and cloud data” in the ongoing search for the missing mom.
“Investigators continue to review multiple items of evidence and are going over thousands of pages of data in the hopes of finding May,” police state.
Larry has maintained that he is innocent and claims he has been unfairly targeted.
Anyone with information is asked to please contact San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477, or CVPD at 619-691-5151.
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