December 27, 1997 in Nation/World

Security Doubled To Shield Kidnapped Girl Woman Who Claimed To Be Mother Released From Prison

Associated Press
 

Interpol agents have doubled security to ensure that a child kidnapped from an Oregon couple in San Diego seven years ago does not see the woman who claimed to be her mother.

El Vocero newspaper on Friday quoted Interpol Agent Ismael Cintron as saying they had doubled the number of agents assigned to secure a foster home against a possible visit by Nilsa Gierbolini Guzman.

Gierbolini, 35, was released on bail from prison on Tuesday and immediately declared her intention to see Crystal Leann Anzaldi, who has been cared for by foster parents for months.

Crystal disappeared from her home in San Diego when she was 14 months old. Her father, Jeffrey Anzaldi of Banks, Ore., was serving in the Navy at the time.

Charges of child abuse led investigators to discover that the birth certificate of an 8-year-old that Gierbolini claimed was her daughter, Sonia, was false. Crystal was identified in October.

Gierbolini is charged with child abuse and falsifying birth records. Local newspapers have reported that San Diego authorities are considering asking for her extradition to testify before a grand jury in the reopened kidnapping case.

Gierbolini’s lawyers have said that she plans to file suit for custody of Crystal. The girl’s natural parents, who are divorced, both have said they will seek custody.

Anzaldi and his ex-wife, Dorothy Anzaldi, who now lives in Corning, Calif., also have asked to see their daughter. Dorothy Anzaldi grew up in North Plains, Ore., near Banks, just west of Portland.

Puerto Rican authorities have said that a judge and social workers will decide whether that is in Crystal’s interest, since her custody is disputed.

Gierbolini lived in San Diego at the time Crystal disappeared. She said someone left Crystal in her care and never returned.

The Anzaldis have said they did not know Gierbolini.

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