Is State Keeping Kids Because Mom's an Immigrant?

Newborn SnatchedA baby abducted when he was just four days old has been found, his kidnapper arrested. So why won’t the state return Yair Anthony Carillo to his mother?

That’s the mystery in Tennessee, where not only has Yair not been returned, but his three older siblings have been taken away from mom Maria Gurrolla “for their safety.”

Gurrolla was hospitalized after a woman posing as an immigration official showed up at her home shortly after she returned home from giving birth to Yair. According to media reports, the woman attacked Gurrolla with a kitchen knife (pictures show deep slashes on her face), grabbed the baby and took off, leaving Gurrolla’s three-year-old daughter behind in the house.

The baby was found in Alabama with Tammy Renee Silas, who has been placed under arrest for the kidnapping and assault on Gurrolla. Silas had told her boyfriend she’d adopted the baby, which she’d prepared for well in advance of the alleged attack on Gurrolla.

Federal officials immediately began talking of reuniting baby with mom. But suddenly that changed with a decision for Gurrolla to see her son only briefly, while officials also pulled her three-year-old, nine-year-old and eleven-year-old out of her home.

So why is this now being laid on Gurrolla? Is it because she’s an immigrant?

Officials believe she was targeted precisely because of her fear of immigration officials (hence the role Silas allegedly used to get into her house) and her limited English skills. They say this isn’t the first time such tactics were used by a criminal.

But with word from officials that the kids will be “safer” away from their mother, it sound an awful lot like the victim in this crime is once again being victimized. She’s a low income mother with frequent dealings with the state in order to get her WIC and other social programs. With their frequent oversight of her family, it’s hard to believe that this case suddenly uncovered some child abuse.

Possible, of course, but looking more and more unlikely. So why aren’t her kids safe with her? Because she’s been victimized by a criminal preying on women of her particular background?

With the kidnapper safe in prison, does it seem fair to continue victimizing the victim?

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