Foster parents of dead girl may have fled to Mexico

This is the third story today of children in foster care being murdered by foster parents. These foster care providers went so far as to leave a child behind after they killed his sister. Why?
By Carol Ferguson, Eyewitness News
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The foster parents of a young girl who died over the weekend might be in Mexico.

Bakersfield police said Monday that they believe Alberto and Carla Garcia have fled south of the border, and they’re concerned about the safety of three children who may be with them.

A 3-year-old girl, Serenity Julia Gandara, was found dead inside the Garcia’s southwest Bakersfield home Sunday morning. Investigators said Carla Garcia called her sister to tell her about the death, and the aunt called police.

Officers found Serenity on the living room floor, and an unidentified 4-year-old boy, who is also a foster child, asleep in another room.

“There were obvious signs of trauma, but as far as the actual cause of death, it is preliminary for that,” police Sgt. David Chase said.

An autopsy was performed Monday, but the cause and manner of death are pending further investigation, according to the coroner’s office.

Police Sgt. Mary DeGeare said the boy left alone in the house also had marks and scarring in various stages of healing, including recent injuries.

The Garcias had apparently been foster parents to Serenity and her brother and reportedly may have adopted them. Police said it’s believed the parents have their 5- and 4-year-old children with them. Plus, they have Carla Garcia’s son from a previous marriage, 10-year-old Carlos Sobalvarro.

Carlos’ father said Monday that he’s very worried.

“I feel he’s in danger because, I mean, they have really short tempers,” Carlos Sobalvarro Jr. told Eyewitness News. “I don’t know, I just hope he gets home safe.”

Gregory Reafsnyder said he knows the Garcia family from the neighborhood, and everything seemed OK.

“Every once in a while, the little boy would come outside and I’d talk to him,” Reafsnyder said. “The little girl stayed inside a lot. She was well taken care of, in my opinion.”

Local police said they’ll try to get a warrant to get the parents back from Mexico, if that’s where they are. The Garcias are now wanted for felony child endangerment and questioning in the death of the child.

Police said the couple was driving a white 1997 Ford Expedition with a gold Eddie Bauer package and 17-inch rims. It has California license plate 5FLC681.

Anyone with information helpful to the investigation can call police at (661) 327-7111

About yvonnemason

Background:  The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.  Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. Education:  After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006. Awards:  Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major. Affiliations:  Beta Sigma Phi Sorority  Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County The Dream:  Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006. The Inspiration:  Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up The Author: Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:  Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.  Tangled Minds - a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009  Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008  Silent Scream – Released by October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life - “Pay it Forward”: “In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple
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