Woman Claiming to be Immigration Officer Stabs Mom, Steals Baby

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Maria Gurrolla had no idea who the woman was who showed up at her doorstep posing as an immigration official. "She said she was an immigration officer and she was there to arrest her," Gurrolla's cousin said, serving as interpreter for the AP. The unidentified woman pushed her way into the home and proceeded to the kitchen where she grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed Gurrolla repeatedly. Gurrolla ran to her neighbor Eric Peterson's home to plead for help. Peterson told reporters that Gurrolla was "covered from her head to her toe with blood" with stab wounds on her neck and upper chest.

Gurrolla pleaded with him to rescue her children from the "lady in the kitchen" who had a butcher knife. After sending his pet pitbull into Gurrolla's house first, Peterson entered the home and saw a huge pool of blood on the kitchen floor. Peterson says he saw a woman with a blond ponytail behind the wheel of a gray 2-door Honda speeding away from the home. He found Gurrolla's 3-year-old daughter, but no baby.

Police said Gurrolla described the woman as a white woman in her 30s, approximately 5 feet, 4 inches tall, with her blonde hair in a ponytail. Gurrolla was rushed to the hospital and suffered deep puncture wounds and a collapsed lung. "I need my baby back," the 30-year-old mother said outside Vanderbilt University Medical Center.She had just given birth to the baby boy who was abducted.

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

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