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Baby in state custody for safety reasons

An official said Yair Anthony Carillo is with foster parents “purely for safety reasons.’’ An official said Yair Anthony Carillo is with foster parents “purely for safety reasons.’’ (Mark Humphrey/ Associated Press)
Associated Press / October 5, 2009

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NASHVILLE - A newborn boy abducted by a woman posing as an immigration agent was again taken from his mother after a brief reunion, this time by state officials who said the baby and his three siblings would be safest with foster parents.

Rob Johnson, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, said the children were taken from their mother, Maria Gurrolla, “purely for safety reasons,’’ though he would not detail why they were in danger.

Johnson said officials made arrangements for Gurrolla to see her baby Saturday. Her three other children came to the reunion and all of the children were taken into custody. Johnson said a judge would review the case next week to determine when the children can go home.

Gurrolla, 30, was stabbed in her home Tuesday during the kidnapping, four days after giving birth to Yair Anthony Carillo. Nashville police said the baby was found in good health Friday night at a home in Ardmore, Ala.

Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said officials arrested Tammy Renee Silas, 39, at the home in Ardmore. Silas has been charged with kidnapping.