Our newsroom, among others, is continuing to work the Gurrolla story, specifically trying to answer the curious question that even this fresh Associated Press
piece fails to satisfy: Why did the state take baby Yair and Maria Gurrolla's other three children from her and her husband and put them in foster care? Immigration lawyers have told The City Paper
that the family's citizenship status should have no bearing on custody of the children. Meanwhile, the state Department of Children's Services sheds absolutely no light on the situation. From AP:
Department of Children's Services spokesman Rob Johnson declined to talk specifically about the Gurrolla case but said taking children into custody after a kidnapping is not necessarily standard procedure.
He said the caseworkers saw something in this situation that made them concerned enough that they felt the safest thing to do was find a foster home for the children. He declined to say what caseworkers were concerned about or whether complaints had been filed against the family.
He said most of the time when DCS takes children, they are eventually returned and the agency always explains to the family what they can do to regain custody.
"DCS is acting with an abundance of caution," he said.
: Kyle Swenson with some fresh copy