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An autopsy on 10-day-old Grey Vigil, who died Monday at a Rio Rancho hospice, was scheduled for this morning.
Law enforcement officials are seeking to pinpoint an exact cause of death for the infant boy born Friday, Sept. 24, at a Los Alamos residence, and was then reportedly kept concealed in a closet for three days, according to a source with the Los Alamos Police Department.
“Charges are pending in this case as the investigation is still underway,” said LAPD lead investigator Sgt. Fred Rascon.
Late last week, officials with the Children, Youth and Families Department took custody of the baby, who by then had been air lifted from Los Alamos to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for treatment. By Friday, CYFD officials indicated that the newborn would be transferred to hospice care.
A 25-year-old Los Alamos woman remains under investigation for apparently giving birth to the baby boy at her parent’s Barranca Mesa home. Los Alamos Police said that evidence indicates Katrina Vigil had the child and did not report the birth or seek medical care for herself or the newborn.
“Emergency Room doctors at the Los Alamos Medical Center contacted us Tuesday (Sept. 28) to report a possible child abuse case,” Capt. Randy Foster said. “They informed us that the infant, Grey Vigil, was born on Friday at his mother and grandparent’s residence at 525 Navajo.”
The grandparents are Robert and Holly Vigil.
“It appears Katrina hid the existence of the baby from her parents until Holly Vigil discovered him in the closet on Monday,” Foster said. “On Tuesday, Holly contacted the hospital for an appointment to have the newborn seen by doctors. Doctors said the baby was ‘in severe medical distress’ when it arrived at the hospital and was air lifted to UNMH.”
Rascon said late last week that the baby was then listed as being “technically stable but the diagnosis is day-to-day because he has some serious medical issues.” Officials were unable to elaborate on the baby’s condition at that time.
It appears that the baby was full-term, Foster said, adding that his department is conducting a child abuse investigation and charges against the infant’s mother have not been filed at this time.
“Anytime you have a case that involves the possible injury of an infant or child is very serious,” he said. “We are consulting with the district attorney’s office to ensure that if charges are filed, that they are the appropriate charges.”
Foster said Vigil was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 29, on unrelated charges involving two outstanding DWI warrants from Bernalillo County.
Court documents obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor reveal that Vigil also had a baby in 2003. The Court of Appeals of New Mexico ruling, dated Dec. 5, 2005, states that while alone in her dormitory room at Eastern New Mexico State University on Oct. 18, 2003, Vigil gave birth to a baby boy. She said that she did not realize she was pregnant until two months prior to the birth, whereupon she concealed her pregnancy from her family.
The day after giving birth, Katrina took the baby to a park and pretended that she found the baby, according to court documents. Emergency personnel took the baby and placed him in the custody of the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD).
Eventually, Vigil admitted to police that she was the baby’s mother. She had told the birth father, T.J. Allen, that she miscarried and, according to court documents, when she learned that CYFD intended to call T.J., she called him first and told him about the baby.
A nurse at the hospital in Portales eventually adopted the baby. Vigil and her boyfriend later went to court in an attempt to overturn the adoption and get the baby back and, according to court documents, their appeal was denied.
Publisher Keven Todd contributed to this story.