Texas couple held in Mexico to stand trial
MONTERREY, Mexico – A judge on Thursday ordered a Texas couple held over for trial for the kidnapping of a 2-week-old baby they had registered as their own.Nuevo Leon state judge Ernesto Palacios found enough evidence to try Sergio Velez, 42, and Tomasa Ibarra, 39, of Lytle, Texas, on kidnapping charges despite testimony from the baby’s birth mother that she willingly gave them the child, said the couple’s lawyer, Luis Gonzales.Police detained Velez and Ibarra on Feb. 28 outside the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey after they allegedly inquired about a visa for the infant.The couple deny buying or kidnapping the baby. They told investigators the baby’s birth mother, Teresa Galvan, of the northern state of San Luis Potosi, where Ibarra is from, gave them the baby boy born on Feb. 14.Galvan, 21, corroborated the couple’s testimony on Tuesday when she told Nuevo Leon state police that she had offered them her then-unborn boy in December because she was too poor to care for him. She denied the couple paid for the baby, Gonzales said.”They are really worried because this is an injustice,” he said.Gonzales said the couple will appeal Palacios’ decision but that a resolution to the case could take another four to six weeks. They were ordered held without bail.