Abducted infant 'neglect' hearing set amid reports baby was for sale

Monday, October 5, 2009 at 6:00pm

In another page in his unfolding saga, newborn Yair Anthony Carrillo will go before a Juvenile Court magistrate Tuesday along with his three siblings, ages 3,9 and11, all four of whom were recently taken into state custody following the assault and kidnapping which rocked their family last week.

The 1 p.m. hearing falls into the dependent neglect statute, according to Juvenile Court officials contacted by The City Paper on Monday afternoon.

Following the arrest of 39-year-old Tammy Renee Silas, Carrillo was returned to his injured mother Maria Gurrolla briefly over the weekend before landing in a foster home on Saturday with Gurrolla's other children, setting off a series of questions as to why the children had been separated from their mother.

Reports indicate that the mother may have been attempting to sell her days-old infant.

In a release Monday afternoon, the Department of Children's Services stated it could not go into the specifics, but “still has concerns about the well-being and safety of these children, based on credible and serious information that we are currently receiving.”

DCS spokesman Rob Johnson acknowledged Monday morning the department made the decision with police officials.

“We are working closely and taking our cues from law enforcement on this,” Johnson said.

But with a suspect in custody, it's unclear whether police believe the family is still in danger or if another assailant is at-large. According to police officials, investigators are still working the case, specifically trying to discern why the assailant chose this particular child and mother.

Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron declined to comment on if the police felt other suspects were at-large, and also declined to talk about the decision to place the children in foster care.

“The task force of Metro Police detectives, TBI and FBI agents continues to work on this matter, despite the child being recovered and an arrest being made,” Aaron said. “Unanswered questions remain.”

In any case, the Department of Children's Services must look at various elements when making a decision to intervene into a family, Johnson said. “We have to look at family issues, we have to look at children's well being, we have to look at things above and beyond.”

One element which did not play a role in the state's decision to put the children into custody is the unknown immigration status of the mother, Johnson said.

“We're not immigration agents. Our role is to come in if children are at risk or potentially at risk.”

6 Comments on this post:

By: w.emler on 10/5/09 at 5:49

Another possible suspect and possible baby saleing ,now details are starting to come out,but theres more to the story. I just wander if the picture of the baby that was on the cell phone was used to help sale the baby and who or what phone was the picture sent to ??? Just wandering. I'm glad DCS has the children so that way no harm can come to them.

By: sidneyames on 10/6/09 at 7:27

Yeah, I was worried about her bonding with her baby, but if this is true, that poor child won't get to bond properly. I hope it's not true.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/6/09 at 7:42

the psychological affects of a child not given that proper time to bond can be life long and devastating. if what they are allegating as true, that woman needs to be punished severely.

By: sidneyames on 10/6/09 at 9:10

Blanket, do you remember the Heather Black/James Nedley/Becky Vorhees story? Becky asked James to buy "baby girl Angela Nedley" and he did all the talking and negotiating. Heather, the mother, was brow beaten; his "girl" since she was 14 (her parents were dead); and she was now 19 and very pistol whipped and degraded. During the "sting" the video shows Heather never speaking and never participating but holding her head down as if defeated. She was punished "severely" for something that I know she did not do. SO was James and he should have been. Baby buyer never punished. Apparently at THAT time, it was NOT against the law to buy a baby; only to sell one. Go figure. I often wonder where Heather is today; she's out of jail. I am just wondering WHERE this baby's father is? He's never mentioned. AND the mother, according to V'bilt doctor, sustained a life threatening wound to her neck. Go figure. I just feel sorry for that baby and it's siblings.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/6/09 at 10:14

Wow, Sid. No, that's the first I've heard of that story. How sad, especially for the children and I too wonder what happened to Heather. There are some really f'd up people in this world. *sigh*

By: jnedley on 9/26/11 at 1:00

Dear sidney -
I have info on heather & james - contact me if you ever read this or respond here...

little ms. heather IS NOT so innocent as you say she is darling.