The wife of Pittsburg Pirates player Jose Tabata, Amalia Tabata Pereira, is suspected of kidnapping a two-month old child in Florida. Pereira was found with the missing infant in Bradenton, Fla. about 50 miles away from Plant City, where the baby’s mother lives and first reported her missing. Doesn’t Pereira know there’s no kidnapping in baseball?
No word on how long Pereira, 43, has been married to the 20-year-old ballplayer, but it’s being reported that she has four different aliases. I wonder if one of them is Mrs. Robinson.
According to police reports, Rosa Sirilo-Francisco, the baby’s mother, handed over her child to a woman she said claimed to be an immigration official. The woman, who called herself ‘Janet,’ told the mother that immigration officers were waiting for Sirilo-Francisco and the child’s father at their home to deport them to Mexico. ‘Janet’ claimed she wanted to help the couple, but she had to take the baby with her. After Sirilo-Francisco handed over her child but then realized what happened she called authorities and an Amber Alert was issued.
None of the reports I read state a motive for the kidnapping, but I’m thinking Pereira was pretending to be pregnant, and then abducted a child to try and convince family and friends (and Tabata) that she had given birth. Which is a great plan, because who’s going to suspect anything when you leave the house to go grocery shopping, and then return a couple of hours later cradling an infant and telling everyone you’ve given birth?
We’ll keep you posted on this one.