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PostSubject: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:53 am

AMBER ALERT CANCELED: Snatched baby found safe in Ala.
Investigators have found a missing 8-day-old baby snatched from his mother's arm in Atioch, Tenn. The child is safe.

Reporter: KRISTIN M. HALL -- AP
Amber alert issued for abducted 4-day-old baby
Mother said woman claimed to be from immigration, stabbed her and took baby


A statewide AMBER alert has been issued for a 4-day-old baby abducted this afternoon by a woman claiming to be an immigration agent, Metro police said.


Maria Gurrolla said her son, Yair Anthony Carillo, was taken about 2:40 p.m. today from her home at 3826 East Ridge Drive in south Nashville.

Gurrolla told police the woman was white and in her mid-30s, with blonde hair in a ponytail. She was about 5 feet 4 inches tall, heavyset and wearing a black blouse and blue jeans. She was driving a black four-door sedan resembling a police-type vehicle.

The mother said the suspect knocked on her door, claimed to be with INS, and wanted to see her immigration papers. The mother let her in, and then the woman demanded she give her the baby. When the mother refused, the woman stabbed her eight times, police said. Her injuries are not life-threatening.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro police at (615) 862-8600 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20...+baby+abducted

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:54 am

Missing From: Nashville, TN
Missing Date: 09/29/2009 12:00 AM
Issued for: Tennessee: Statewide
Contact: If you have information, please contact Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, 615-862-8600
Circumstances: A TN Statewide AMBER Alert has been activated by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department for 4 day old Yair Anthony Carrillo. The child was taken by a white female who was posing as an immigration worker. She had come to the residence and demanded the mother give her the baby. When the mother refused to comply she stabbed the mother approximately 8 times. If you have seen the suspect, vehicle or child, please contact the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department at 615-862-8600 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.


Missing Child
Name: Yair Anthony Carrillo
Alias:
Hair Color: Black Eye Color: Brown
Skin Color: Hispanic Age: 4daysold
Height: Weight:
Gender: Male
Description: The child was last seen wearing a blue and white striped onesie.

Suspect
Name: Unknown Unknown
Alias:
Hair Color: Blonde Eye Color:
Skin Color: White Age: 30YO
Height: 5FT4 Weight: Heavyset
Gender: Female
Description: The suspect's hair is pulled back into a pony tail. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Vehicle Information
Make: Model:
Color: Black Interior Color:
License State: License Text:
Vehicle Description: The vehicle was described as looking like a police car.

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:55 am

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Amber alert issued for abducted 4-day-old baby
Mother said woman claimed to be from immigration, stabbed her and took baby


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The home on the dead-end south Nashville street has a stork sign on the front lawn, announcing the family had a baby boy. UPS delivery worker Lance Smith said he was making a delivery across the street when he saw a Hispanic woman come onto the front porch and yell.


"I heard her first, and then she reached down to the porch and grabbed something,” he said.


He didn't know what she grabbed, and didn't think it sounded as if she was hurt. Smith said he didn't see the woman, the car or the baby, and his first indication something was wrong was when the police arrived.


Police said Gurrolla is at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in serious condition. Her 3-year-old daughter was home with her at the time of the abduction, but was unharmed and is now with family

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:55 am

“She had stab wounds from head to toe,” Peterson said. “She was telling me to go get (her) babies and that a lady attacked her in her kitchen.”

Mumford said Gurrolla’s attacker was still in the house when she ran out. Gurrolla told investigators she saw a black four-door car resembling a police sedan parked in her driveway.

By the time Peterson arrived at the home, he said, the car was gone and so was Gurrolla’s son, Yair Anthony Carillo, born Friday at Baptist Hospital.

Peterson found Gurrolla’s 3-year-old daughter outside the house wearing only a diaper.

“I wasn’t sure if she could speak English, so I told her to come on and I didn’t have to say it again,” Peterson said. “She jogged behind us back to the house.

Moments later, an ambulance arrived and took Gurrolla to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she remains in critical condition with stab wounds to the head, neck, breast and thigh, her family said.

Carillo said his wife had been receiving strange phone calls for about two days before the incident.

“They would call from a private number and make weird sounds then hang up,” Sigala said. “They just thought it was someone playing a prank so they stopped answering them.”

Police said Gurrolla’s injuries were not life threatening and that she was talking to detectives at the hospital.

Sigala said she was certain the announcement sign in the front yard played a role in the abduction.

“Nobody knew outside the family that he’d been born,” she said. “They just got out of the hospital last night.

“All I’m thinking is about the baby. Is he eating? Is he okay? Is he alive?"

Mumford said police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect.

“If anyone sees a woman with a baby that doesn’t look like it belongs to her, call 911,” she urged

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:56 am

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Metro police, the TBI and the FBI are searching for a Lebanon woman in the abduction of a 4-day-old baby taken from his South Nashville home Tuesday afternoon after a brutal attack on his mother.

A citizen's tip helped police identify Lisa Sampson, last known to have lived on Sugar Flat Road, as a person of interest in the kidnapping. Sampson is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 225 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call the police or 1-800-TBI-FIND.

The baby's mother, Maria Gurrolla, 30, told investigators that a white woman in her 30s with blond hair knocked on her door about 2:30 p.m. and claimed to be an immigration agent.

She asked to see the new mother's immigration papers. Gurrolla let her inside, and the woman attacked her with a butcher knife.

Gurrolla "was stabbed multiple times," said police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford. The mother ran out a side door.

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:57 am

Breaking News: Person of Interest in Child Abduction Found, Baby Still Missing

Metro Police say the woman being sought as a person of interest in the kidnapping of a four-day-old baby has been found. Lisa Sampson, 30, has been found in New York State. Police there are interviewing her.

Metro Police and the TBI are still looking for four-day-old Yair Anthony Carillo. He was taken from his home on East Ridge Drive in South Nashville on Tuesday afternoon. Police say a woman tried to pass herself off as an immigration agent. When that didnt work, police say she stabbed the mother, Maria Gurrolo, 30, eight times. Gurrolo escaped to a neighbors house, who then called 911. When police arrived, the baby and the kidnapper were already gone. Gurrolo is recovering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The suspect is described as a heavy set, white woman in her 30's, 5'4" tall with blonde hair in a ponytail. She may be driving a dark-colored sedan. Anyone with information about the abductor is asked to call Metro police at 862-8600 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.Breaking News: Person of Interest in Child Abduction Found, Baby Still Missing

Posted: Wednesday, September 30 2009, 06:46 AM CDT

http://www.wztv.com/newsroom/top_sto...vid_1538.shtml

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:58 am

Broadcast reports say woman located in Amber alert
September 30, 2009 08:28 EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Lebanon, Tenn., woman named a "person of interest" in the abduction of a newborn from Nashville has been found in New York State.

A news release from Metro Nashville Police said the baby boy -- Yair Carillo -- was not with her.

Investigators began looking for 30-year-old Lisa Sampson on a tip late Tuesday after the baby was forcibly taken and his mother was stabbed at her home.

The mother -- Maria Gurrolla -- was recovering Wednesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from approximately eight stab wounds.

Police said the child was taken by a white female who was posing as an immigration worker. She had come to the home and demanded Gurrolla give her the baby. Gurrollo was stabbed when she refused.

Nashville police said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI are aiding in the investigation.

Police did not say where in New York Sampson was found.

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:59 am

UPDATE: Police believe woman not involved in kidnapping, search for baby continues

Police say they now believe that Lisa Sampson, a person of interest in Tuesday's kidnapping of 5-day-old Yair Carillo, was not involved.

Sampson has been interviewed by police in New York state where she was found, according to Metro police, and she's not believed to have been the woman who posed as an immigration agent and stabbed Maria Gurrolla before taking the newborn.

Gurrolla, who suffered serious stab wounds and remains in the hospital, is expected to speak to the media late this morning.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20...baby+continues

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:00 am

Mother speaks to reporters

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:00 am


Nashville police looking for car in kidnapping case
Driver appeared to follow mother from south Nashville Walmart


Metro Police are now searching for the driver of a dark colored Kia Spectra that appeared to follow Maria Gurrolla, the mother of a kidnapped newborn, as she left a Walmart store on Nolensville Road Tuesday.

Surveillance video at the store shows Gurrolla pull into the parking lot with her baby as the Kia pulls nearby. The driver of the Kia did not get out of the car but appears to wait for Gurrolla to leave before following her out of the parking lot.

The car appeared to have an out-of-state license plate, said Metro police spokesman Don Aaron.

Police are asking anyone who might know the driver of this car to call police.


“This person is considered a witness,’’ Aaron said.

Mother met with media Wednesday afternoon
Gurrolla told police a woman attacked her Tuesday at her home, stabbing her several times before fleeing with her baby, Yair Carillo. Gurrolla met with the media Tuesday to tell reporters about the woman who attacked her.


Gurrolla, 30, had swollen eyes and a long cut on her cheek. Bandages covered stab wounds on her neck, and she was wrapped in a blanket that obscured the rest of the nine stab wounds she received on Tuesday afternoon.


"I was attacked by a white woman," Gurrola said in Spanish. Her cousin, Norma Rodriguez, interpreted. "I don't know the person that did that. I've never seen her before."


The woman arrived at her doorstep and told her she was an immigration agent there to arrest her. Gurrolla asked the woman to identify herself. She said it was soon after that the blonde, heavyset woman pulled a knife and began to stab her. She did not tell Gurrolla she intended to take her child. Gurrolla went out of the house and to a neighbor's house for help. When they returned, the baby was gone. Gurrolla's 3-year-old daughter was unharmed. "The only thing she said was that she was going to arrest her," Rodriguez said. Gurrolla's mouth tightened when she spoke about her baby son: he has a full head of hair. He's chubby, with big cheeks and big eyes. Her own eyes appeared to tear up. He was born on Friday, and they had just come home from the hospital Monday night.




"Physically, (I) feel fine," she said. "Emotionally, (I) feel sad because of what my family is going through." She was asked what she would say to the woman who attacked her and took her son. "She says for her to reflect," Rodriguez said. "She needs her baby back."


Police were initially searching for a Lebanon woman who was reported as a possible suspect. She was located in upstate New York and is no longer believed to be involved or a person of interest, Metro police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said.


Gurrolla is working with a sketch artist to develop a composite of the suspect, and Youth Services detectives are retracing her steps on Tuesday to look for clues, Mumford said.




Mother suffered collapsed lung from attack
She suffered nine stab wounds, many of them very deep, and a collapsed lung, said Gurrolla's doctor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, William Dutton. Gurrolla also had a complicated birth and signs of that are still visible, Dutton said.


"She is in stable condition and doing well now," Dutton said.


Gurrolla's only arrest history was for driving without a license about 10 years ago, Metro police said. There was no record of police calls to her south Nashville address. Her immigration status is unclear.

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http://www.tennessean.com/article/20...r-breakingnews

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:04 am

The Wilson County woman was dismissed as a person of interest Wednesday morning.

Now, investigators say they are back on the hunt for a suspect.

And they have a photo of a vehicle they're interested in finding.Police Searching for Abducted Baby-Flint Adam

Posted: Wednesday, September 30 2009, 07:30 PM CDT

http://www.wztv.com/newsroom/top_sto...vid_1541.shtml

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:04 am

The Wilson County woman was dismissed as a person of interest Wednesday morning.

Now, investigators say they are back on the hunt for a suspect.

And they have a photo of a vehicle they're interested in finding.Police Searching for Abducted Baby-Flint Adam

Posted: Wednesday, September 30 2009, 07:30 PM CDT

http://www.wztv.com/newsroom/top_sto...vid_1541.shtml

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:05 am

Search on for Tenn. baby snatched by fake agent

By KRISTIN M. HALL (AP) – 4 hours ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A newborn snatched from a Nashville home was missing and his mother recovering from stab wounds she said happened when she struggled with the woman kidnapper posing as an immigration agent, authorities said Wednesday.

The mother, 30-year-old Maria Gurrolla, told reporters she had never seen the woman before she showed up at her door Tuesday evening. She said the woman got a knife from the home and stabbed her several times.

"I need my baby back," she said through an interpreter outside Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she was being treated for her wounds and a collapsed lung.

Gurrolla said she did not see the woman take the baby because she ran to a neighbor's home to get help. When she returned, her 3-year-old daughter was unharmed, but her son was gone.

Gurrolla said the woman, she described as a robust white American, did not say anything about wanting to take the baby, who was lying on the sofa.

"She said she was an immigration officer and she was there to arrest her," Gurrolla said through the interpreter.

It was not clear if she was an immigrant, but police said she has lived in Nashville for at least 10 years. The cousin who acted as her interpreter said the family did not want to discuss her legal status. Police said the baby's father was at the home later Tuesday night.

A tip to police led them to issue an Amber Alert with a picture and description of a 30-year-old woman. They found and questioned that woman near Buffalo, N.Y., on Wednesday, then said they did not believe she was involved in the case.

Dr. William Dutton said Gurrolla had a penetrating chest wound and her lung had collapsed. He said she also deep stab wounds to her neck, but was in stable condition. He said she still has physical signs that she gave birth recently. He described the birth as complicated but declined to elaborate.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said investigators were interviewing Gurrolla and her family again about the abduction. No one, including the family, has been ruled out as a suspect at this point, he said.

"There is an infant child that cannot care for himself who is missing and time is of the essence," said Kristin Helm, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Gurrolla was in a wheelchair, covered by a blanket. Her eyes were bloody and swollen and she had a long scratch on her face.

She said she feels fine physically, but emotionally she "feels a bit sad because of the situation right now and for what the family is going through."

Police said they believe she had her baby at another hospital and there was a blue yard sign outside the home, saying "IT'S A BOY!" Police are also in contact with the hospital where the baby was born.

Police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said she doesn't know whether the victim was targeted because of the sign. A sketch artist is working to come up with a drawing of the kidnapper's face ,and police said Gurrolla described the woman as a white woman in her 30s, approximately 5 feet, 4 inches tall, who had her blonde hair in a ponytail.

"We don't have any indication at this point that this is anything but a stranger child abduction," Mumford said. "We're not ruling out anything, but we have no reason to believe that the family is not being completely truthful."

Mumford said police are retracing the mother's activities before the attack, such as a visit to a local Walmart. Police released a photo of a car that was parked near Gurrolla's at the Walmart that later followed her down the road, hoping to find a witness.

Aaron asked the public to provide any tips on the case and said it was a top priority for police in the area.

"The abductor must have friends or family that know something," Aaron said.

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:06 am

Police say they have a sketch based on her description but aren't yet ready to release it to the public.

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Expert: Ploy in Tenn. baby abduction used before

AP – This sketch released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn., …

By KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press Writer Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press Writer – 55 mins ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The search for a Tennessee newborn whose mom says he was kidnapped by a woman posing as an immigration agent entered its fourth day Friday, and a missing child expert said similar ploys have been used in other abductions.

Yair Anthony Carillo was taken from his home Tuesday, just four days after he was born to 30-year-old Maria Gurrolla. She says a heavyset white woman with blonde hair arrived at her home posing as an immigration agent, attacked her with a knife, then took the boy.

On Friday, investigators released a sketch of the suspect developed with Gurrolla's help and said it will be posted on billboards in Tennessee and other Southeastern states. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said leads in the case have begun to diminish and the billboard is intended to spur more tips from the public.

Cathy Nahirny, a senior analyst for infant abduction cases at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, said there have been at least two other recent cases where an abductor used the same ploy.

"We need to get the word out to our immigrant communities," Nahirny said. "Anybody that claims they are from federal law enforcement agencies, you have the right and you should ask for photo identification."

In March, Amalia Tabata Pereira was accused of taking a 2-month-old girl from a woman at a health clinic in Plant City, Fla., east of Tampa. Police said she told the baby's parents she was an immigration official and that they were going to be deported.

She was arrested a day later and turned the baby over to authorities.
Abductions of infants by strangers are rare, with only nine reported cases so far this year and five last year, according to the missing child center.

Nahirny said immigrant families have been targets of child abductions because of the assumption they will not tell police.

Gurrolla is Latina but her immigration status isn't clear. She was stabbed several times in the neck and chest and was released from the hospital Thursday.
Nahirny said the profile of an infant abductor is typically a woman who may be married or living with someone and may be faking a pregnancy in a desperate attempt to improve her relationship.

Until the 1990s, most infant abductions occurred in hospitals, but with improved security in maternity wards, it has become more common for infants to be taken from homes, she said.

"When an incident like this happens in the home setting, the chance of violence increases," she said. About 30 percent of the time, that violence is directed at the mother.

Nahirny said abductors have also impersonated health care or social services workers to gain access to homes or visited health care facilities to find new mothers to target.

In 2005, the Nashville mother of a newborn and her 3-year-old daughter were killed by a woman trying to steal the baby after finding the family through a food stamp office.

Abductors can also use birth announcements or lawn signs that indicate a baby has been born recently to find victims. Nahirny said the risk was small but parents should be aware. There was a sign at Gurrolla's home, but police haven't yet determined if the abduction was related to it.

Typically the abductor does not harm the infant.


"In their mind, that's their baby now," she said.

While most infant abduction cases are solved quickly and the babies safely recovered, Nahirny said public assistance is crucial to the investigation.
"We need people to step up," she said. "An investigation runs cold if they are not getting new information to follow up on."

Investigators think the abductor speaks some Spanish and probably stole a cell phone from Gurrolla's home. The mother had to summon help by running to a neighbor's home.

Nothing else, like diapers or other baby supplies, was taken, police said.
Concern for the baby's safety grows with each passing day. Said police spokesman Don Aaron: "We don't know that the person who took the child knows how to take care of an infant."

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:35 am

Cell number leads to arrest in Nashville kidnapping case

By Andy Humbles • The Tennessean • October 3, 2009

A cell phone number led authorities to Tammy Renee Silas late Friday in the kidnapping of a days-old infant child from his South Nashville home.

According to the criminal complaint against Silas, the suspect’s T-Mobile cellular phone number was used as a contact for a Hertz rental car, a blue Kia Spectra, rented from Nashville International Airport on Tuesday.

Silas, 39, of Ardmore, Ala., was charged Saturday with kidnapping.

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:36 am

Suspect's boyfriend thought she adopted baby
Couple had been buying baby clothes, items for weeks

The boyfriend of the woman charged with stabbing a south Nashville woman and stealing her baby said he believed they were legally adopting a baby from Texas.

Martin Rodriguez Guerrero says he’s been with 39-year-old Tammy Silas for about two years, and he believes she’d wanted a baby all her life. He said he picked her up at the airport Tuesday morning with the infant, who they planned to call Martin Jr., and he had no idea anything was wrong until police arrived Friday night with guns drawn.

Silas has been arrested and now faces federal kidnapping charges. Police believe she followed Maria Gurrola in a rented Kia Spectra on Tuesday morning while she ran errands just a day after leaving the hospital with newborn Yair Carillo, and that she posed as an immigration agent to get inside the home. Once inside, police say she stabbed Gurrola nine times, leaving her with a collapsed lung and serious stab wounds. Gurrola ran for help, and when she returned, the blonde heavyset woman was gone, and so was the baby.

Guerrero, speaking through a translator, said Silas has no history of violence, but he believes the police are impartial. If they say she posed as an immigration agent, stabbed a woman and took her baby, he has no reason not to believe it. But he said things seemed fine from Tuesday until Friday.

“He was in good shape, he didn’t cry much,” Guerrero said. “He ate lots of milk. Everything was fine.”

He believed Silas had been in court all week in Dallas and in El Paso to make preparations to adopt the baby.

They had been buying baby clothes, a bath and a bassinet for about two weeks before the baby arrived, he said. Inside their home on the Alabama side of State Line Road in Ardmore, Ala., baby clothes and other items are scattered through the kitchen. Blue gloves are still on the counter above the blanket Guerrero said the agents put the baby on to take off his overalls and inspect him, to see if he was indeed now 8-day-old Yair Carillo.

Now, he’s worried – not about Silas but about his truck payments, and the bills for the house they just remodeled last year. “How am I going to pay for all this without her income?” he said.

Silas, he said, worked as a translator and grew up in Texas.

In the federal complaint against Silas released this morning, investigators say that
Maria Gurrolla heard the woman who stabbed her make a phone call and say in Spanish, “it’s done.”

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20...+adopted+baby+

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:37 am

Maria Gurrolla was reunited with her baby today, after a few hours he and his siblings were taken into State Custody:

http://www.bradenton.com/news/nation/story/1751791.html

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:38 am

Kidnapped baby, mother reunited for a moment/State places infant and his three siblings in foster care

By Chris Echegaray • THE TENNESSEAN
• October 4, 2009

Maria Gurrola held her baby Saturday for the first time since he was kidnapped last week, but the week-old child was taken from her arms again.

Little Yair Antonio Carrillo and his three siblings — ages 11, 9, and 3 — are in the custody of the state Department of Children's Services. They were removed from Gurrola's home Saturday.

"It's for the children's safety," DCS spokesman Rob Johnson said. "I can't tell you how long. It will all be reviewed by a judge."

No specific reasons were given for taking the children. Police will say only that the investigation into the kidnapping is continuing.

Joel Siskovic, an FBI agent in the Memphis division, said he could not say why the children were put into state custody.

"As of now, there's no indication that there's an ongoing threat to the family," he told The Associated Press.

Gurrola held the baby and spent some time with him at an undisclosed location, Johnson said. After the children were removed, the family could not be reached for comment.

Several key questions remain unanswered. Why were the children removed from the home? Why did the kidnapper target this mother and child? Was anyone else involved? If the kidnapper has been caught, what's left to investigate?


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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:05 am

Baby abducted by knife-wielding attacker found
Mom gets to hold him but must wait to take him home; arrest made


Gurrolla, 30, was stabbed in her home Tuesday, just four days after giving birth to Yair Anthony Carillo, who was snatched by the attacker.

Nashville police said the baby was found in good health Friday night at a home in Ardmore, Ala., about 80 miles south of Nashville near the Tennessee line.

Charged with kidnapping
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said officials arrested Tammy Renee Silas, 39, at the home in Ardmore. Federal authorities formally charged her Saturday with kidnapping.

Silas' live-in boyfriend, Martin Rodriguez, said he was shocked by the arrest and didn't think she was capable of the crime.

Speaking through an interpreter, he said Silas told him she was adopting a baby from a cousin who had to go to jail, and was going to El Paso, Texas, to get the child. He said he picked Silas up from the Huntsville airport Tuesday and she had a newborn with her.

"She was acting normal around the baby and I didn't really see any difference, but I think she was happy," Rodriguez said from their one-story home, where a box of baby clothes for a boy overflowed in the dining room. "What woman isn't happy to carry a baby?"

Rodriguez said he met Silas, a contractor, when they both lived in Nashville. He said Silas is bilingual and was born in Tarrant County, Texas, where she had family. "The last thing that she said to me was, 'I am so sorry and I love you,'" Rodriguez said.

Staying with foster family
Earlier Saturday, officials said the newborn would stay with a foster family as authorities made arrangements for Gurrolla to be reunited with her son.

"This baby is a week old, and this child has spent half his life away from his family. I think it's time we reunite them," said My Harrison, a special agent with the FBI in Tennessee.

Johnson said officials made arrangements for Gurrolla to see her baby Saturday afternoon and hold him, and she brought her three other children — ages 3, 9 and 11 — with her. All four children were then taken into custody. Johnson, who said he could not discuss details of the situation for privacy reasons, said a judge would review the case next week to determine when the children can go home.

Joel Siskovic, an FBI special agent in the Memphis division, said he could not say why the children were put into state custody. "As of now, there's no indication that there's an ongoing threat to the family," he said.

Authorities said they had no word on a possible motive in the kidnapping. Police in Nashville did not know if Silas has a lawyer. The Morgan County Sheriff's office said Silas was picked up by U.S. Marshals on Saturday morning, though it was not known where she was being taken.

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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:32 am

Baby Snatch Victim Loses Custody of KidsBy LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, AP
1 HOUR 59 MINUTES -Update
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Tenn. (Oct. 4) - A newborn boy abducted by a woman posing as an immigration agent was again taken from his mother after a brief reunion, this time by state officials who said the baby and his three siblings would be safest with foster parents.
Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, said the children were taken from their mother, Maria Gurrolla, "purely for safety reasons," though he would not detail why they were in danger.

Tennessee Abduction CaseMark Humphrey, AP4 photos Maria Gurrolla, above, the Nashville mother who reunited with her baby son Saturday after the infant had been abducted from her home, has lost custody of the newborn and her three other children. A Tennessee Department of Children's Services official said the kids were taken for "safety reasons."

Snatched From Home
Yair Anthony Carillo, snatched from his mother when he was just four days old in Tennessee, was found safe and in good health across the state line in Alabama Friday. His mother, Maria Gurrolla, said a woman posing as an immigration officer stabbed her several times Tuesday. Gurrolla ran to a neighbor's for help, and when she returned her baby was missing.



Johnson said officials made arrangements for Gurrolla to see her baby Saturday afternoon and hold him, four days after he was abducted. She brought her three other children — ages 3, 9 and 11 — to the reunion and all of the children were then taken into custody. Johnson, who said he could not discuss details of the situation for privacy reasons, said a judge would review the case next week to determine when the children can go home.
Joel Siskovic, an FBI special agent in the Memphis division, said there was no indication of an ongoing threat to the family. He could not say why the children were put into state custody.
Gurrolla, 30, was stabbed in her home Tuesday during the kidnapping, just four days after giving birth to Yair Anthony Carillo.
Nashville police said the baby was found in good health Friday night at a home in Ardmore, Ala., about 80 miles south of Nashville near the Tennessee line.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said officials arrested Tammy Renee Silas, 39, at the home in Ardmore. Federal authorities formally charged her Saturday with kidnapping.
Silas' live-in boyfriend, Martin Rodriguez, said he didn't think she was capable of the crime.
Speaking through an interpreter, he said Silas told him she was adopting a baby from a cousin who had to go to jail, and was going to El Paso, Texas, to get the child. He said Silas had a newborn with her when he picked her up from the Huntsville airport Tuesday.
"She was acting normal around the baby and I didn't really see any difference, but I think she was happy," Rodriguez said from their one-story home, where a box of baby clothes for a boy overflowed in the dining room. "What woman isn't happy to carry a baby?"


Rodriguez said he met Silas, a contractor, when they both lived in Nashville. He said Silas is bilingual and was born in Tarrant County, Texas, where she had family. "The last thing that she said to me was, 'I am so sorry and I love you,'" Rodriguez said.
Authorities said they had no word on a possible motive in the kidnapping. Police in Nashville did not know if Silas has a lawyer. The Morgan County, Ala., sheriff's office said Silas was picked up by U.S. Marshals on Saturday morning, though it was not known where she was being taken.
The infant's mother told police a heavyset white woman with blonde hair arrived at her home posing as an immigration agent and attacked her with a knife.
Gurrolla told investigators that at one point she heard the woman make a phone call and tell someone in Spanish "the job is done" and that the mother "was dying," said Siskovic, the FBI agent.
Siskovic said Silas took the victim's cell phone, which helped investigators find Silas.
He would not comment further on the possibility that Silas was not working alone.
At a Wednesday news conference, Gurrolla told reporters she had never seen her attacker before.
Officials believe Silas followed Gurrolla and her baby from a local office of the Women, Infants and Children program and to a Walmart.
Investigators got a break when they found that a video camera in the Walmart parking lot had captured the license plate of the car seen following the mother and baby, according to the arrest warrant.
Abductions of infants by strangers are rare, with nine reported cases so far this year and five last year, according to the missing child center.
Gurrolla is Latina but her immigration status isn't clear. She was released from the hospital Thursday.
Associated Press writers Desiree Hunter in Ardmore and Kristin M. Hall contributed to this story.
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PostSubject: Re: Yair Anthony Carillo (4-day-old baby) 9/29/09 Tenn.   Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:29 pm

Sources: Family tried to sell snatched Tenn. baby
Monday, October 05, 2009 7:06:52 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn.(AP)
Sources familiar with the case of a kidnapped Tennessee newborn tell The Associated Press that the boy and three siblings are in foster care after allegations that a family member tried to sell the infant.
Two officials confirmed the allegations but spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the case.
Week-old Yair Anthony Carillo was recovered safely Friday, three days after he was taken from his home. The state has taken custody of the children away from his mother, 30-year-old Maria Gurrolla.
Spokesmen with the Department of Children's Service and the FBI declined to comment on the baby-selling allegations, first reported by WTVF-TV.
Tammy Renee Silas of Alabama is in custody on a federal kidnapping charge.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A kidnapped newborn is safe in foster care and an Alabama woman suspected of taking him is in custody, but investigators say the case of 4-day-old Yair Anthony Carillo is far from closed.
Among the questions still unanswered are whether a woman who posed as an immigration agent and stabbed the baby's mother was working alone and why state child welfare workers took the baby and three siblings into custody shortly after the family was reunited.
Child welfare officials would say only that Maria Gurrolla's children were placed in foster care for "safety" reasons. The department said in a statement Monday that a juvenile court hearing is expected in Nashville Tuesday.
"Like everyone in Tennessee and beyond, we want this episode to have the happy ending it deserves," Commisioner Viola P. Miller said. "We, as much as anyone, want to see these children reunited with their family and out of state custody."
Meanwhile, investigators who had been focused on finding Yair are working to piece together exactly what happened and who was involved, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said.
Tammy Renee Silas, 39, of Ardmore, Ala., was charged with kidnapping and remained in federal custody Monday, two days after police said they found Yair at her home about 80 miles south of Nashville near the Tennessee line. A car that police said she rented was seen on a surveillance video following Gurrolla before the attack, and the car rental information led police to her home.
There was no indication Gurrolla knew her attacker, and officials have said she and her baby were targeted when she visited a state office about receiving assistance under the Women, Infants and Children food program.
Silas has not been charged in the brutal attack on Gurrolla, who was choked and stabbed several times, including in the neck and chest. Her cell phone was taken, forcing her to run to a neighbor for help. When she returned, the baby was gone. Law enforcement would not say whether more charges would be filed, citing the ongoing investigation.
Gurrolla, 30, told investigators she had never seen the woman who stabbed her. She said she heard the attacker use her phone to call someone and say in Spanish, "The job is done" and that the mother "was dying."
Helm declined to talk about whether authorities suspect someone else was involved.
Police have not released a motive, but Silas' live-in boyfriend, Martin Rodriguez, told The Associated Press that she said she could not have children and wanted to adopt a child from a relative who was going to jail.
She told him she was going to El Paso, Texas, to get the child, and he said she had a newborn with her when he picked her up from the Huntsville, Ala., airport Tuesday.
Federal court records do not list an attorney and a court appearance has not been scheduled for Silas.
Department of Children's Services spokesman Rob Johnson declined to talk specifically about the Gurrolla case but said taking children into custody after a kidnapping is not necessarily standard procedure.
He said the caseworkers saw something in this situation that made them concerned enough that they felt the safest thing to do was find a foster home for the children. He declined to say what caseworkers were concerned about or whether complaints had been filed against the family.
He said most of the time when DCS takes children, they are eventually returned and the agency always explains to the family what they can do to regain custody.
"DCS is acting with an abundance of caution," he said.

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