CYFD launches local childcare probe

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Katrina Vigil remains under police investigation surrounding baby’s death

By Carol A. Clark

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed Friday that the agency launched an investigation late in the week surrounding an alleged childcare business which may be operating illegally out of a home at 525 Navajo.
This is the same residence where Katrina Vigil, 25, allegedly gave birth Sept. 24 to a baby boy, Grey Vigil, and then reportedly did not seek medical attention for herself or the newborn. Grey died 10 days later in hospice care in Rio Rancho.
In reference to the CYFD investigation, Grey Vigil’s grandmother, Holly Vigil, told the Los Alamos Monitor Sept. 29 that she was operating a childcare service in the home. She then declined further comment. Both state and county records show no license or business permit issued to that address or to the Vigils.
CYFD spokesperson Romaine Serna said that the daycare licensing unit was scheduled to visit the home last Friday.
“The option available to us should we determine that an unlicensed daycare is being operated in the home is to issue a cease and desist order,” Serna said. “We should know more next week as a result of the investigation.”
Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster addressed Grey Vigil’s death saying, “The investigation is still ongoing…we’re waiting on several details including the autopsy results…no charges have been filed in the case so far.”
Criminal defense attorney John Day of the Rothstein Law Firm in Santa Fe has been retained to represent Katrina Vigil. Assistant Richard Martinez said Day was out of the office and is expected to return Monday.
Day is one of the attorneys who successfully represented Los Alamos resident Penny Granich last year in the case of the State v. Granich. The 35-year-old was charged with vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless driving after the truck she and her husband, Thomas Edward Granich, were in plunged to the bottom of a canyon near Overlook Park in White Rock Dec. 4, 2005. Her husband did not survive the crash.
In the case of Katrina Vigil, police reports indicate that while she lives in the Navajo Street home with her parents, Holly and Robert Vigil, Katrina Vigil somehow hid her pregnancy from them.
She reportedly gave birth and placed her newborn in a closet in the home where her mother discovered it three days later. Holly Vigil reportedly waited another day before taking the baby to see a doctor at Los Alamos Medical Center.
Doctors reported suspicions of abuse and told police the baby arrived in severe medical distress. Grey was airlifted to UNMH. CYFD assumed custody of the newborn and transferred him to the Rio Rancho hospice where he later died.
Katrina Vigil also gave birth seven years ago to a baby boy, according to court documents. She allegedly kept that pregnancy hidden from her family as well. According to the court documents, she had the baby alone in her dormitory room at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, later telling police she found it in a park.
A nurse at the Portales hospital that treated the baby later adopted him. Charges were never filed against Katrina Vigil in that case.