Parents of kidnapped infant want answers from DCS, police

Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 7:28am
Staff reports

The parents of a 4-day-old Hispanic infant whose dramatic kidnapping and recovery drew national attention have filed suit seeking records related to reports the couple attempted to sell the baby.

Two Chancery Court lawsuits demand investigative records from Metro Police and the state Department of Children’s Services showing why the agencies thought the abduction was a sale gone bad. The suits filed Wednesday in Davidson County Chancery Court claim his parents were victims of anti-Latino bias.

Yair Anthony Carillo was only 4 days old when a woman allegedly posing as an immigration official stabbed his mother and kidnapped him. After an intense three-day search, the infant was recovered in Alabama and returned to Tennessee.

The reunion with his mother, Maria Gurrolla, was brief. The Department of Children’s Services kept the infant and took the woman’s other four children into custody after allegations surfaced that the kidnapping could have been an attempt to sell the infant gone bad.

When officials failed to provide documentation of allegations, the children were returned to their mother and the spotlight turned to Tammy Renee Silas, the woman who allegedly kidnapped the infant.

6 Comments on this post:

By: Cookie47 on 12/10/09 at 10:03

Are the parents illegals? I ask this since I read either one or both the parents are in this country illegally.


By: URLUVED on 12/10/09 at 11:20

Cookie47, what does that have to do with any of this? Legal or not the mother did not deserve to be stabbed and her baby kidnapped! You are obviously not a parent! In my opinion, it is people like you that keep the whole racial problem alive in todays society! GROW UP! Your question has NOTHING to do with this subject! This is a horrible crime that should not have happened regardless of the legality status of the parents. Getting their child back should have been a happy, joyous time for the family but that happiness was taken away by what appears to have been false allegations.

By: Cookie47 on 12/10/09 at 11:55


No, the mother did not deserve to be stabbed and her baby stolen. Yes, I have three children, all happy, healthy, and legal to be here. I do not care what your opinion is of me and, yes, I am sick and tired of the overwhelming number of illegals there are in this city. If you want to call me racist for thinking illegals should follow the rule of law, go ahead. I don't give a damn.

The article is about how the police treated her after the fact and whether or not the baby had been put up for sale. If the kidnapper told them they were trying to sell her the baby, they have to investigate that whether you like it or not. If the parents, one or both, are illegal as I had read, that may be another factor in their investigation. So, yes, their legal immigration status IS a factor. I was simply asking a question, Jackass!

Yes, them getting their child back should have been a happy, joyous time. However, the police had to investigate whether that baby and the rest of the kids were in danger whether illegal-hugging liberals like you get mad about it or not.


By: bfra on 12/11/09 at 3:03

Amen! Cookie47 - If they are illegal, deport them as soon as possible. Examples need to be set for illegals that come into this Country and break every law they can. If the illegal-huggers don't like it, they can go with the illegals, back where they belong. Of course, they won't be mollycoddled there, like the illegals are here!

By: rationalthinker on 12/11/09 at 12:19

URLUVEd, and bfra,

While you may be very intellectual individuals, you are both appearing very ignorant. You probably are members at a church around here, and are still hating on illegals.

Here's the thing: I am an American born in Long Beach, California. However, my parents were illegal in the 1970's when they moved to California from Central America to find a better life. Today they are a tax-paying, voting U.S citizens. I too am a very active citizen that votes, pays taxes, has registered for the draft, is getting a university education and has a brother that fought for OUR country in IRAQ. All this would NOT be, had my parents not come to the United States illegally.

Not every illegal comes to the U.S to break every law that they can. They come here, because there aren't as many opportunities to succeed in places such as Mexico or Central America. They just aren't born with all the privileges and rights that people like you take for granted. However, I am with you in the sense that there are those illegals that come here and commit crimes and cause harm. However, this is not the case for ALL illegals. If you would perhaps go out of your way to actually get to know an illegal immigrant, you would find that you are similar in many ways. You are both human. You both want to live life to the fullest. You may think of yourself as not racist, but just look at what you're saying. If this was a case of South Africans coming over, I think you'd have a very different view.


An "Illegal Hugger"

By: Cookie47 on 12/11/09 at 12:40


You may have meant to direct your comments to me rather than URLUVED. He/she jumped on me for simply asking the question about whether or not the couple, one or both, were here illegally as that might have played into why the police investigated them and children services got involved.

Also, if the suspect sicko that kidnapped the baby told the police the couple was trying to sell her the baby, the police must investigate that claim and, as a result, protect the other children as well.

As for you and your family, your parents may not have come here legally but they worked to become so and assimilate into the American way of life. It sounds like they raised two fine children and I thank your brother as well as your family for his service. When a person serves in the military, their family serves as well by worrying here at home. Once again, thank you.