While Tammy Renee Silas has yet to appear in Nashville to face charges of federal kidnapping in the case involving 11-day-old Yair Anthony Carrillo, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation may be investigating another aspect of the crime.
A TBI spokesperson on Tuesday acknowledged that the department, at the request of an attorney, was looking into whether the release of sensitive juvenile court documents impeded the Carrillo investigation and could lead to charges against those responsible.
Department of Children's Services officials early Tuesday returned infant Yair Anthony and his three siblings to his parents, Maria Gurrolla and Jose Carrillo, after investigators determined that the parents were not involved in the crime.
A "dependent neglect" hearing was set for Tuesday afternoon but was cancelled, a juvenile court official told The City Paper.
DCS officials said they had been investigating whether or not the mother was attempting to sell her 4-day-old infant when he was abducted from her south Nashville home.
But TBI investigators then turned their attention on DCS officials that may have released documents to the press. If information was illegal released, officials could face misconduct charges, according to the TBI.
Metro Police, the TBI and FBI all say there are many unanswered questions in the case, including why alleged kidnapper, Silas, 39, of Ardmore, Ala., chose Gurrolla and her newborn son. They also want to know the identity of the person Silas reportedly called from Gurrolla’s home after the attack.
Interestingly, while Silas remains in federal custody in Ardmore awaiting extradition to Nashville, she is charged in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee only with kidnapping — she has not been handed with assault charges for her alleged attack on Gurrolla, who was left with multiple stabs wounds.
Little Yair was found unharmed Friday night in Ardmore.
Officials in Alabama said late Tuesday they still were waiting on a magistrate’s signature before releasing Silas and having her transported by federal marshals to Nashville to face charges.