BALTIMORE — A Catonsville woman delivered her first child on Mother’s Day, only to learn that the child’s father had died from the stab wounds he suffered during an attempted robbery.
Claudia Sales last saw her husband, Carlos Santay-Carillo, while she was in labor Saturday afternoon. Santay-Carillo, 19, went to a gas station about a block from their home to gas up his car for the ride to the hospital, but he never returned, police said.
“Apparently the suspect went up to the victim and grabbed him around the chest and asked him for money and his wallet. The victim refused and at that time he was able to get away, but then the suspect stabbed him several times,” said Cpl. Mike Hill of the Baltimore County police.
Sales ended up leaving by ambulance for Howard County General Hospital.
Her baby boy, also named Carlos, arrived at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Her husband’s cousin later told her of Santay-Carillo’s death at another hospital.
“At that moment, there were so many emotions going through our heads. We wanted to make sure neither the mom nor the baby ran into health risks,” said Bertha Anderson, a family friend.
“She’s is in shock. She can’t believe it,” said family friend Brenda Cardenas.
Although baby Carlos will never meet the man he was named after, family friends said he’ll always know how much he and his mother were loved.
At La Quinta Inn in Jessup, Sales’ co-workers said that Santay-Carillo was kindhearted and sometimes worked his wife’s shifts to give her time off.
“He was here every day to pick her up, and you could just tell they were a happy couple and very excited about the baby,” Bridgette Sloan, the Inn’s manager, said.
Baltimore County police said that witnesses have been able to give a rough description of the suspect, but because surveillance cameras weren’t rolling at the store, detectives still need more help. Friends of the couple are asking for any witnesses to call police if they have any information.
“We’re asking for them to give us donations or anything to help Claudia and her baby,” Anderson said. “I got her a little bit of money and a card and went straight to the hospital to make sure that she wouldn’t worry too much about her future and finances and whatnot.”
A trust fund has been set up through the Bank of America under the Santay-Sales Family Fund.