CYFD assumes custody of newborn

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Youth protection agency seeking hospice care for local infant left in closet

By Carol A. Clark

Baby Grey Vigil will be transferred from UNMH to hospice care now that the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) has taken custody of the Los Alamos infant allegedly left in a closet by his mother for three days.

Katrina Vigil, 25, reportedly hid her pregnancy, gave birth to Grey at her home last Friday and then kept him in the closet. Her mother, Holly Vigil, discovered the baby on Monday and brought him to Los Alamos Medical Center Tuesday.

Grey was air lifted to UNMH that day and remains in “technically stable condition with medical issues making this day to day,” according to lead investigator Fred Rascon.

“As of this morning, CYFD has taken custody of the baby and is seeking hospice but his mother is still involved in decisions at this point,” Rascon said.

Police Chief Wayne Torpy said this morning that his detectives are working with CYFD and the District Attorney’s Office on the case.

“We are waiting for some medical reports to come in that we will forward to the DA’s office for review to better determine what charges may be filed,” Torpy said. “Any psychological testing requests will be up to the courts or if the DA’s office chooses, they may request some type of competency hearing.”

While she has not been arrested under the current investigation, Vigil was booked Wednesday into the Los Alamos County Detention Center on charges related to two outstanding DWI warrants in Bernalillo County. She bonded out and will be summonsed to appear in court in Bernalillo County, Capt. Randy Foster said Thursday.

Details also surfaced Thursday that Vigil had a son in Portales seven years ago while in her dormitory room at Eastern New Mexico State University. She placed the infant in a park, telling police she found him there. She later admitted the baby was hers, according to court documents. A nurse at the hospital in Portales adopted that baby.

Vigil gave birth to Grey at 525 Navajo, where she lives with her parents Holly and Robert Vigil. Holly operates a childcare business in the home. Holly answered the front door of the home Thursday and confirmed to the Monitor that she does run a childcare business there but declined further comment.

County records indicate that there is not a current business license, but an Herbalife mail order distributor license was issued for that address in 2002 but expired in 2003 and was never renewed.

Under New Mexico’s Safe Haven for Infants Act, Vigil could have dropped off her baby to LAMC or any fire station or police station, “no questions asked” for up to 90 days after his birth.

“This community has a number of resources available to expectant and new mothers and fathers,” said Cheryl Pongratz of Los Alamos Family Council. “Anyone can call our crisis line at 662-4422 at night for counseling and remain anonymous. They can also make an appointment to meet with a counselor or work through concerns with one of our case managers.”

Hope Pregnancy Center is another local resource at 662-2300.