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Law enforcement locates missing baby, mother forgot where she left her

By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
May 6, 2011 at 12:06 a.m.


HELP WITH SEARCHMany groups participated in the search:

Victoria police officers,

Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies,

Victoria County constables,

five two-person Community Emergency Response Teams

Department of Public Safety helicopter from Corpus Christi

The city of Victoria Mobile Command Center was set up in the parking lot of O'Connor Elementary School.

SOURCE: Victoria Police Department news release

A Victoria woman, who left her infant with strangers, was arrested Friday morning after police were called to locate her missing 5-month-old baby.

The infant was found four hours later two blocks down the street.

About 10:50 p.m. Thursday, Victoria police were called to a home in the 3400 block of Seagull Street concerning a missing child.

The child's mother, Maurissa Garcia, 28, told police she could not remember exactly where she left her infant daughter, according to a police department news release.

Ernest Bazan lives in Garcia's neighborhood. He said Garcia told them she was going to the store and she would return. But she never did.

He said he doesn't know why his wife, Senaida Bazan, took the baby from a complete stranger,

"I think she felt bad for her. We could tell she was drunk," he said.

The baby was left without food or clothing, according to police.

Smelling like alcohol with bloodshot, glassy eyes, Garcia told the officer she had drank 11 beers and took Hydrocodone, according to the arrest report.

Garcia also told officers the last time she saw her daughter was when she walked to the store, according to police.

Bazan described the 5-month-old baby as a cute little baby. She was sleeping through the night until the noise of the search party woke her.

The Bazans heard helicopters in the early morning. Senaida Bazan went outside about 2:30 a.m. to ask the authorities whether they were looking for a baby and she invited them in her home, her 58-year-old husband said. The Bazans live in the 3600 block of Seagull Street.

Child Protective Services was at the scene, and the child was left with one of Garcia's family members.

Garcia was charged with abandoning/endangering a child.

Garcia remained in the Victoria County jail Friday evening.

The Bazans don't consider themselves heroes. They felt it was the right thing to do.

"If she left the baby with someone else, who knows what could have happened to the baby," said Bazan.

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