Woman Investigated for Secret Births
For the second time sine 2003, a New Mexico woman is being investigated for secretly giving birth to a baby and not immediately seeking medical attention for the child. The newborn, who authorities believe was born Sept. 24 was at first hidden in a closet in the 25-year-old woman’s home. The baby was airlifted to a hospital in Albuquerque and is currently in stable condition despite being in “severe medical distress” when first discovered.
The baby was discovered by the woman’s mother. According to reports, Katrina Vigil hid her pregnancy from her parents.
Charges against Vigil have not yet been filed as authorities complete their investigation. Among one of the areas to be explored includes any similarities between this birth and a 2003 investigation of Vigil when she was a student at Eastern New Mexico University and secretly gave birth to a child in her dorm room.
The baby born in 2003 survived as well. According to a reports, Vigil had become pregnant when she was 19. Because she didn’t want her boyfriend to drop out of school to work full time and support the baby she told him she miscarried. The day after giving birth Vigil took the baby to a park and pretended that she had found the baby.
The state’s Children, Youth and Families Department took custody of the baby boy and Vigil eventually admitted to police that the baby was hers. She initially agreed to let the baby be adopted but then tried unsuccessfully to overturn the adoption once her parents found out about the baby.
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