You awake in the morning, get out of bed, walk 2 or 3 feet to your baby’s crib to pick him up and feed him like you do every morning. As you look into his crib, your heart skips a beat.
Your baby isn’t in his crib. The last place he was known to be. The last place you put him.
You search frantically all over the house, calling out to his siblings to see if he’s in their bedroom with them. All to no avail.
Your baby is gone.
Bernice Abeyta lived that nightmare and continues to live it almost 28 years later.
Seven-month-old Christopher Abeyta was taken from his crib during the early morning hours of July 15, 1986. The beautiful blue-eyed baby boy’s crib was in his parents bedroom. They put him to bed around midnight, but when morning came, Christopher was nowhere to be seen.
Christopher’s parents, Gil and Bernice Abeyta, called the police at 6:30 a.m. The garage door opener was missing, and the front door and a basement window was open. Police found no evidence of a forced entry, mainly because the front door was kept unlocked at night.
At first, the parents were suspects. They had been separated for a while, but reunited on July 14, 1986, hours before their son was taken. His father was sleeping in the house that night. However, they were eventually ruled out.
Prior to Christopher’s disappearance, Gil had an affair with a woman named Emma Bradshaw. This woman wasn’t playing with a full deck of cards. She had previous stalking and harassing charges filed against her. She became all Fatal Attraction-like with a married man who was trying to end the relationship. According to court documents, Emma entered the family home and took family pictures off the wall. She sat outside their children’s school and threatened them. She was admitted to several Colorado mental health facilities in the 70s and 80s.
An unknown person began calling the Abeyta residence then hanging up six months prior to the abduction. The calls stopped the day Christopher went missing and resumed again several months afterwards. The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) traced the calls to none other than Emma Bradshaw.
Even though it was OBVIOUS who took Christopher, no charges were ever filed against Emma Bradshaw. The CSPD destroyed most of the case evidence.
The Abeyta family accused the CSPD of negligence and incompetence in their investigation into Christopher’s disappearance.
Also, watch this video in which one of Christopher’s sisters shows the steps of the kidnapper.
November 2013, Emma filed a lawsuit against the Abeyta family, citing defamation of character. The Abeyta filed a counter suit in response.
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