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A 25-year-old Los Alamos woman is under investigation for apparently giving birth to a baby boy at her parent’s Barranca Mesa home last Friday and then leaving him in a closet for three days.
Los Alamos Police report that evidence indicates Katrina Vigil gave birth and did not report it or seek medical care for herself or the newborn.
“Emergency Room doctors at the Los Alamos Medical Center contacted us Tuesday 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.”
LAPD lead investigator Sgt. Fred Rascon said this morning that the baby is currently listed as being “technically stable but the diagnosis is day-to-day because he has some serious medical issues.”
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 on unrelated charges involving two outstanding DWI warrants from Bernalillo County.
Court documents obtained by the Monitor this morning 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.
Watch for more details on this developing story.