Suspect in infant abduction case makes court appearance

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:19pm
Staff Reports

The woman charged with abducting a Nashville infant last week made her first court appearance in Tennessee Wednesday afternoon and was ordered to remain in federal custody here.

Tammy Renee Silas, 39, of Ardmore, Ala., had been awaiting transfer to Nashville since her Friday arrest when she was found at home with the newborn boy missing since Sept. 29.

The suspect is accused of kidnapping Yair Anthony Carrillo after attacking his mother, Maria Gurrolla, with a kitchen knife from Gurrolla’s south Nashville home. She faces federal kidnapping charges, but could face additional assault charges.

In court on Wednesday, a court-appointed lawyer for Silas asked for an interpreter to help the suspect understand the charges against her. Silas, who reportedly spoke Spanish during a cell phone call she made in the Gurrolla home while the victim lay bleeding, speaks both English and Spanish making the interpreter request somewhat puzzling.

Silas was told she faces life imprisonment plus a $250,000 fine for the kidnapping charges. A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 27.

The combined investigative team that recovered the missing infant — FBI, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Metro Police — doesn’t have a motive yet, though it was reported that Silas has given a statement to authorities.

According to reports, Silas came to Nashville early last week, rented a car and followed Gurrolla to several locations, including a Wal-mart. It was there that security cameras captured the car and it tags, which eventually led to Silas’ arrest.