Child, Taken By Maid To Mexico, Reunited With El Paso Family
EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ A child was reunited with her family Thursday after the Mexican maid who was taking care of her was detained trying to re-enter the United States, authorities said.
Lysette Guadalupe Gomez, 3, was reported missing Wednesday along with the maid who had moved in with Lysette’s family on Monday, police said.
The maid, 18-year-old Maria Jesus Gonzalez-Armandaris, apparently did not intend to kidnap the child but took her across the Rio Grande on Wednesday to deliver a letter to a former employer, said Mike Williams, chief agent of the U.S. Border Patrol in El Paso.
About 5 p.m. Wednesday, the maid tried to enter the United States and was stopped by the border patrol, Williams said.
″At that time she gave the name for the baby as Elizabeth Acosta Juarez of Mexico and said she was a friend of the (child’s) family,″ Williams said.
Border patrol agents, not knowing that the baby was American, turned the pair back to Mexico.
El Paso police and Mexican authorities detained the woman Thursday as she tried a second time to re-enter the United States, Williams said.
Police do not intend to file kidnapping charges because there was no criminal intent, said Gus Massey, El Paso deputy police chief. She probably will be sent back to Mexico after further questioning.
″I don’t see where anybody did anything wrong,″ he said. ″These maids are scared. You never know what they’re thinking. Maybe she thought they were going to take the child away from her.″
Her fear probably prompted her to claim the baby was Mexican, he added.
The Gomez family told police they had taken in the young maid Monday and they did not remember her last name.
On Wednesday, police issued a radio announcement telling officers to be on the lookout for the woman in connection with a kidnapping.
Police said the teen-ager had taken a blue sports bag from the house along with one change of clothes for the baby. But she left behind another bag and several of her own items of clothing.
″I don’t think anybody feels it was (a kidnapping),″ Williams said. ″It does raise some questions regarding hiring somebody you barely know.″