Authorities say a family secret turned into a police investigation over Thanksgiving when a woman came home with a baby that wasn’t hers.
Roswell police spokesman Todd Wildermuth says the investigation began that weekend when a woman called police to report she suspected the baby her 30-year-old sister brought home didn’t belong to her.
Police later learned the baby belonged to relatives of the woman in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where the actual mother of the baby had filed a child abduction report.
New Mexico officials took the baby and later gave the baby to Mexican authorities.
But Wildermuth says it turned out that the child’s mother filed a false report because she was embarrassed about giving up her baby.
“it turned out it was not an abduction,” Wildermuth said. “One family member gave the baby to another to raise, and each lied to other family members about what was going on.”
Wildermuth said he did not know whether Mexican authorities had charged the mother for filing a false report.
Nobody was charged in Roswell, and Wildermuth said he doesn’t know whether the baby is back with the mother yet.
Managing editor Timothy P. Howsare contributed to this report.