Foster family warns people not to donate to mom’s fundraiser for dead son

New Mexico News

A foster family is furious about a GoFundMe page set up for a toddler who was found dead. 

It was set up by the 2-year-old’s biological mother, claiming she needs help burying him. However, the boy’s foster parents say that’s impossible. 

It tugs at your heartstrings when a mother needs help paying for her child’s funeral, but KRQE News 13 found out, this one is completely paid for. 

To them, he was their son.

“I fell in love with him right away,” foster parent Michael Montoya said. 

Foster parents Michael and Melissa Montoya got Antonio when he was just 2-months-old. 

“He smiled at me the first time that we…that I saw him,” Melissa said. 

They tried to make him theirs legally, but in June, CYFD gave him back to his biological mother, Barbara Gurule. 

“We were hurt, we were scared,” Michael said. 

Last week, Antonio was found dead in his crib inside her Los Lunas home. Police say Gurule’s friend, Jeffrey Moody, killed him. 

“It’s been devastating. I love him and I miss him so much,” Melissa said. 

Now, the Montoya’s grief is coupled with anger because of a GoFundMe page. On it, Gurule is asking for $2,000 to pay for Antonio’s funeral. 

It’s not clear what Gurule would use any of that money for because CYFD says it’s paying for everything related to Antonio’s funeral. CYFD says Barbara has been involved in the planning process, and is well aware she’s not responsible for any of the costs. 

“It’s got to be a scheme,” Michael said. “It was like they got a knife and stabbed us a second time in the heart.” 

So far, no one has donated to the page. Perhaps in part because of comments on the page warning potential donors. 

To make matters worse, the Montoyas say Gurule didn’t invite them to Antonio’s upcoming funeral, taking away their chance to say goodbye to their boy.  

“We couldn’t send flowers, we couldn’t…nothing,” Melissa said. 

“I miss him waiting for me at the door. When I got back from work, he was always at the door,” Michael said. 

The Montoyas just launched a Facebook page and are advocating for kids in CYFD custody, hoping to better protect them from dangerous situations. 

KRQE News 13 did try to reach Barbara Gurule, but did not hear back. The district attorney is still considering filing charges against her for Antonio’s death. 

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