Infant Taken From Home Found Safe; Questions Remain

Infant Taken From Home Found Safe; Questions Remain
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 9:28pm

SOCORRO, TX - Socorro Police are looking for four people they say took an infant from his home on Holstein St. Monday night.

Alicia Gonzalez-Galvan told police she got home from church Monday night with her five year-old daughter and 2 month-old son Daniel.
As she was about to close the front door, she says two women and two men rushed in behind her.
That's when she says a woman she recognized as a relative, grabbed Daniel, still in his carseat.

"I recognized one of them," Gonzalez said. "She's family."

Gonzalez said she fought with them, even biting one on the arm, but they overpowered her, took Daniel and left.

"As soon as they left," Gonzalez said. "I grabbed the telephone, went to the bathroom, locked the door and called 911."

As police officers were investigating the incident, one of them noticed Daniel, still in his carseat underneath a truck parked in the front yard.

He was unharmed.

Police said Gonzalez told them she thinks the botched kidnapping was retaliation for a drug deal gone bad last year.

"Those are the allegations and claims by the victim," Socorro spokesman Dave Garcia said. "Until we find out that they are in fact, a member of the cartel, we're not going to brand them to it."

But when Local 4 News asked her, Gonzalez denied the incident was drug related.

"No," Gonzalez said. "For drugs, no."

Gonzalez told us the woman she thought was a relative, called her earlier in the day, upset about a land dispute in Juarez.

Regardless of the motive, Gonzalez hasn't slept in two days, worried her family's safety is still in danger.

"One part of me is happy," Gonzalez said. "I'm calm now but another part of me feels traumatized because they said they'd be back."

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