First, the good news: The kidnapped newborn of Nashville resident Maria Gurrolla was found unharmed in a home in Ardmore, Ala., about 80 miles south of Nashville near the Tennessee line. Four days after Gurrolla, 30, gave birth to Yair Anthony Carillo, a knife-wielding woman posing as an immigration agent stabbed the young mother in her neck and upper chest before stealing the baby. Gurrolla’s 3-year-old daughter was left untouched.
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, Fox News reports. Silas's live-in boyfriend, Martin Rodriguez, said he was shocked by the arrest. Speaking through an interpreter, Rodriguez said that 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. "What woman isn't happy to carry a baby?"
"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. That’s precisely why the next part of the story is so perplexing. Officials made arrangement for Gurrolla to see her baby on Saturday. She brought her three other children—ages 3, 9 and 11—with her. Then all three children were stripped from their mother and taken into state custody. Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, said the children were taken from their mother "purely for safety reasons," though he wouldn’t offer any further details for privacy reasons. Johnson added that 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.
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