Maria Baez is a New York city police detective and partner of Danny Reagan. Prior to working with him, she spent time on a joint robbery task force working with the FBI. She also knew Danny in school, having known him for over 15 years.
Born around the early 1980's, Maria grew up in New York. She has a mother, a sister, Ana, and a brother, Javier, who she was estranged from for two years due to his drug use. When she was 10 years old, Maria witnesses a local boy being murdered by a drug trafficker named Octavio Nunez. However, she, in addition to all those in her neighborhood, was too afraid to say anything at the time. Around 25 years later, Maria was able to use her status as a detective to prosecute the man responsible.
In school, Maria and Javi were best friends and he often protected her from bullies as well as staying back a grade in order for them to be in the same classes. Eventually, that changed when he got into drugs and she eventually cut him off. Since then, she has been disappointed and angry with him, even blaming him for their parents splitting up.
Currently with Major Case, she previously worked on a joint task force with the FBI investigating bank robberies. After the task force was disbanded, she was assigned to Danny and the two have formed a solid partnership. She is a competent detective and does her best to keep Danny in line as much as she goes along with his schemes.
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Since having a relationship with a married fellow detective, Maria hasn't had any good relationships. She has dated and was frequently texting a detective in narcotics but is currently not in a long-term relationship. For a moment she thought that she and her former flame, Det. Mosley, could has possibly tried their relationship again, only to discover that he was seeing another officer at the same time.
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