The single, poor mother was in the process of setting up an adoption when the wealthy couple allegedly snatched her child!
Spanish-speaking Vilma Ramirez was finalizing the details of adoption for her newborn baby, Esperanza when she says a prospective couple kidnapped her from a babysitter—and now she’s suing for the baby’s return!
Andrew and Kelley Grant were working through the process of adopting Esperanza when Vilma, 35, alleges the couple abducted the girl on Jan. 9 in New York City, the New York Post reports. The snatching took place during the 45-day window which would allow Vilma to reconsider the adoption.
“I was at work and [Andrew Grant] convinced the family who were taking care of Esperanza that he needed to take the child now,” Vilma, who works as a cook, alleges.
Vilma alleges her lack of English comprehension when reviewing court documents is to blame for her distress. She believed the adoption would be on open terms.
“If I had been advised . . . that the Grants could decide that I would never see Esperanza again, I would never have signed any consent or other documents,” Vilma said in the March 7 lawsuit.
Meanwhile, a lawyer for the Grants (he’s a software designer and she’s an ad executive) calls all of Vilma’s allegations over the newly-renamed Isabella false, saying, “The birth mother placed the child in the care of others from the beginning of her life.”
We’re sure this will be a very dramatic case once it hits court!