Valentina, a baby whose mother was found dead in a trunk in Baja California and whose disappearance sparked an Amber Alert, returned to the United States on Thursday.
The baby, who was under the care of the Integral Family Development System (DIF) after Baja California prosecutors found her in the home of a nanny in Playas de Rosarito, was handed over to the authorities of the National Institute of Migration, which then Baby Valentina brought to the United States.
Telemundo 20 was at the San Ysidro point of entry and caught the moment Valentina was handed over to the authorities. Valentina is taken to San Diego Child Protective Services.
Meanwhile, the FBI continues to pursue the baby’s father, who is believed by Mexican authorities to be a suspect in the mother’s murder and allegedly tricked US immigration officials during his arrest.
His original name was Kevin Schoolcfrat, he later changed his identities to Kevin Michael, Aaron Lee, Paul Wilson, David Smith and most recently Tyler Adams, according to the FBI.
The FBI describes Adams as 5ft 9in, weighing 175lbs, with brown hair. He was last spotted in a yellow short sleeve shirt, tan pants and black running shoes. He might have puffiness under his eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the San Diego FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to tips.fbi.gov. You can also call San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or submit a tip online at sdcrimestoppers.org.
Adams was originally wanted on a Hawaii State warrant issued in September 2020 after he left Oahu Community Correctional Center on May 21, 2019 for a work vacation and never returned, according to Hawaii officials.
CBP has not responded to NBC 7’s questions about why this man was allowed to cross the border freely rather than remain in custody.
Valentina, a missing American baby in Baja California, has been reported missing
On June 8, relatives of 7-month-old Valentina Sabean went to Mexican authorities to ask for their help in locating her after they had not heard from her for several months.
The complaint contained the report describing several cars and homes believed to have been able to locate the parents of the minor who entered Mexico from the United States in April.
According to Baja California Attorney General Iván Carpio, the relatives reported that the baby could be at risk, which is why an Amber Alert was activated.
According to Carpio, one of the cars identified in the report on Valentina’s disappearance was identified when it passed under one of the security arches on one of the roads in Baja California.
The prosecutor finds Valentina Safe in Rosarito
“He tells us that the vehicle is in circulation and has just passed through this security checkpoint,” the prosecutor said.
The car was being driven by Tyler Adams, 50, the girl’s father, on June 15 in Tecate, Mexico. This then led investigators to a home in Rosarito, Baja California, where the baby was being cared for by a nanny.
According to the investigation, the nanny had no intention of harming the child and was unaware that the baby was with her without the knowledge of relatives.
NBC 7’s Amber Frias spoke to the father of the wanted man’s girlfriend about his past and how he may have eluded border guards.
Racquel Sabean’s death was investigated
On April 17, 2022, Adams and his girlfriend Racquel Sabean crossed the border into Tijuana, Mexico with their 7-month-old daughter Valentina, according to investigators, and then disappeared without a trace.
On May 31, Sabean’s body was discovered “in an advanced state of decomposition” in the trunk of his mother’s car in Tijuana.
The neighbors regretted not noticing what happened earlier.
“It’s not uncommon for a parked car to last that long. I’m telling you, we were very bad neighbors because we never noticed anything was wrong,” said Mariana Barajas, who has lived in the area for 15 years.
Due to the body’s state of decomposition, authorities were unable to identify the body until scientific investigation determined that it was the minor’s mother and that the vehicle matched one of the cars included in the family’s report.
Deanna Gilbert was Racquel’s shipmate on the Japan-based USS Blue Ridge between 2000 and 2002.
“She needs this military burial of honor; She needs her baby at home in the United States where she belongs. She is a US citizen, a US veteran. She needs to come home, they both do,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert says the women on the ship were very close and always stood in a row.