A mother-of-four is suing a well-to- do Upper East Side New York couple claiming they stole her baby after she decided against putting the infant up for adoption.
Vilma Ramirez, 35, from Brentwood, Long Island, had initially agreed to let Andrew and Kelley Grant adopt Esperanza, but she says she changed her mind during a 45 day grace period.
In court documents filed March 7, she says upon learning of her about-turn Andrew, 45, a software designer from New York’s Upper East Side, snatched the baby from her babysitter on January 9.
"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," Ramirez alleges in a lawsuit filed March 7.
"I really did not understand the legal language, and no one explained them to me at the time," says Ramirez.
Ramirez, a 35-year-old cook from El Salvador with little command of English who lives in Brentwood, LI, was pregnant with Esperanza, her fourth child, when a trusted friend, Blanca Mirarchi, convinced her adoption was her best option. At the same time, the Grants badly wanted a child.
The 45-year-old software designer and his ad-exec wife, 37, had a solid marriage, enjoyed living in their $950,000 East 83rd Street co-op, and could afford the $30,000 or more in costs that a domestic adoption can incur.