On June 17, 2004, “Baby Girl Doe”
was born in a Salinas, CA. lettuce field.
Let the above sentence serve as your
alert that a sad story follows. Proceed only if you have
a strong stomach.
The mother, a 17-year old
Mexican Indian girl who had recently arrived from
Oaxaca abandoned her 3.5-pound infant in a portable
toilet adjacent to the field where she worked. When
nearby workers heard the child`s cries, they found her
floating face up in waste.
“Baby Girl Doe,” seven weeks
premature, was first taken to Salinas Valley Memorial
Hospital. When the Director of the Neo Natal Intensive
Care Unit, Dr. David Kasting measured her temperature at
80.5 degrees, he feared brain damage.
“In all my years, I have never
seen a newborn this cold,“ he said. [Baby
found in portable toilet Mom, 17 Arrested In Salinas
Valley, Monterey County Herald, Jun. 18, 2004]
Dolores Cruz, the mother`s
20-year-old sister, said she had no idea the teenager was
pregnant. Cruz ,married and with a
child of her own, said the teen had completed junior
high school in Mexico. Beyond that, Cruz stated she knew
little more about her sister.
The mother, described by
United Farm Workers union organizer Juan Moran as
“a little slow,” received care at the Navidad Medical
Center in Salinas for nearly a month. When released, she
was charged in juvenile court with attempted murder,
child abandonment and child endangerment.
The Monterey County District
Attorney`s Office chose not to prosecute her as an adult
although it has that option.
Two Salinas lawyers, Blanca Zarazua
and Miguel Hernandez, will
represent the mother at her August 9th
trial. Zarazua is honorary
consul for the
advocacy group, is also assisting.
Santa Clara County Assistant
District Attorney Karyn Sinunu told me in an interview
that these tragic cases are not uncommon.
“Child abandonment falls
into three general categories: the cheerleader types who
cannot face their parents, the mentally ill and the
illegal immigrants who are completely at a loss.”
According to Sinunu, during the
three-week period leading up to the Salinas incident,
Santa Clara County officials uncovered two more grisly
cases involving illegal aliens and their children:
- A 33-year old unmarried short
order cook in San Jose with two children living in
Mexico gave birth at her apartment. She left the
in a shopping cart behind a San Jose cocktail
lounge. Then, she dialed 911 to alert the authorities
where they could locate her child. Police arrived in
time to save the infant boy.
- Police arrested Maria Anna Quinones,
a 22-year old maid at a Palo Alto Days Inn. Quinones
has been charged with murdering her baby and stuffing
the body in a plastic garbage bag to hide it behind the
motel. Construction workers discovered the baby`s
decomposed remains. Investigators speculate that
Quinones, who lived with at least ten members of her
extended family, may have
continued to work for as long as five months
despite knowing that her baby lay dead within a few
yards of her.
A cruel irony in the Baby Girl Doe
case is that the mother, under the California
“Safely Surrendered Baby” law enacted in 2001,
could have dropped off her baby—no questions asked—at a
hospital or firehouse.
So far, however, word about the
legal option is slow getting out. Since 2001, 56 newborns
have been anonymously dropped at hospitals. But, 115
babies have been found abandoned—24 of them dead.
And because it was easy for this
unenlightened teen—who may already have been pregnant— to
cross the border and get a job, the American taxpayers
absorb the financial and social consequences of her
But I learned that there may be even
more taxpayer expense involved.
Penny Blake, who works for child
support services in the Santa Clara District Attorney`s
office, told me that in abandonment cases, her unit is
motivated first and foremost by the goal to reunify the
child with a family member.
And, according to Blake, in cases
like “Baby Girl Doe” where no family is nearby (illegal
aliens are not allowed to adopt) that may mean that
social workers will travel to Mexico to interview
immediate family to evaluate them as prospective
parents—again, at taxpayer expense.
In this column, I`ve reported three
incidents involving criminal behavior by illegal aliens
that took place within a 30-day period in a small 75-mile
radius in Central California.
But similar crimes go on
every day throughout the nation.
I wish for a happy ending for
everyone involved in the Baby Girl Doe case.
And I salute the tireless efforts
made by social workers and medical care providers.
After nearly five years as President
of Mexico, Fox has done nothing to improve the lot of
Mexicans. So, the young and the old, the healthy and the
sick, come north to
take advantage of America`s largess. If only Fox
spent as much time in Mexico helping his own people as he
did in the U.S. advocating for his citizens, maybe Baby
Girl Doe`s mother would have stayed home to find work.
And Bush, despite all evidence that
it is imperative, refuses to seal our borders.
Bush remains blind to the harsh
realities of cases like Baby Girl Doe and her mother.
He leaves it to the rest of America
to deal with that.
Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.