Lori Berenson Has Baby While Serving Sentence in Peru

In 2004, American Lori Berenson lost her last appeal of her 20 year sentence (earlier reduced from life) in Peru.

This week she had a baby boy. The father is Anibal Apari, a lawyer in Lima who also served time as a member of the Tupac Amaru Revelutionary Movement. They met in jail and have been married since 2003.

Lori is now 39. As horrible as conditions must be in a Peruvian jail, at least they allow her to keep and raise her baby until he's 3 years old.

She'll be eligible for parole in 2010, and if she is granted release, she'll be deported to the U.S. where her father is looking forward to helping raise the baby.

"I'm just ecstatic. This child will likely be my only grandchild, and I'm going to spoil him if I can," her father, Mark Berenson, a former college professor, told The Associated Press.

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    Actually... (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by lentinel on Thu May 07, 2009 at 05:50:46 AM EST
    To tell the truth, my source for my little pleasantry was not St. Matthew, but LaWanda Page. She played Aunt Esther on the TV show, "Sanford and Son" and also did stand-up in the same circuilt as Redd Foxx.

    The joke she told was about a woman who was visiting her doctor. When the doctor told her that she was pregnant, she denied having had conjugal relations. The doctor wandered over to the window, looked up at the sky, and stood there for awhile until the patient asked what the doctor was doing. The doctor replied that the last time this had happened, there was a "star in the East".

    My religious education is somewhat, shall we say, improvised.

    kdog's gonna love this one. Robinhood? (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Wed May 06, 2009 at 06:27:20 PM EST
    Also, did she have marital visitation privileges?

    A few articles I googled mentioned (none / 0) (#2)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed May 06, 2009 at 06:48:21 PM EST
    conjugal visits.

    Unless (none / 0) (#5)
    by lentinel on Wed May 06, 2009 at 08:17:33 PM EST
    there was a star in the East.

    I am a tad concerned about your (none / 0) (#8)
    by oculus on Wed May 06, 2009 at 09:35:35 PM EST
    religious education.  The wise men coming from the East followed a star to Bethlehem.  

    Matthew, chapter 2 (none / 0) (#9)
    by lentinel on Thu May 07, 2009 at 04:59:05 AM EST
    "When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
    When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."

    But, I dunno.

    Maybe they shoulda looked West.


    Either way. No indication the star and/or (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Thu May 07, 2009 at 09:57:45 AM EST
    the wise men caused the pregnancy.

    It just seemed (none / 0) (#13)
    by lentinel on Thu May 07, 2009 at 10:02:08 AM EST
    as if the only alternative to marital conjugal visits was an immaculate conception.

    I hadn't thought about the so-called wise men....


    Ah, but (none / 0) (#14)
    by jbindc on Thu May 07, 2009 at 10:29:08 AM EST
    The Immaculate Conception was the conception of Mary - she was born without sin. Had nothing to do with the conception of Jesus.

    But, maybe it wasn't a wise man, but a "wise guy"?  ;)


    You're right... (none / 0) (#15)
    by lentinel on Thu May 07, 2009 at 04:48:49 PM EST
    I should have referred to the virgin birth.

    It's a common mistake (none / 0) (#16)
    by jbindc on Thu May 07, 2009 at 04:54:21 PM EST
    No biggie  :)

    Yeah... (none / 0) (#11)
    by kdog on Thu May 07, 2009 at 08:54:13 AM EST
    a real heartbreaker all around.

    Waitin' on the day like Citizen Cope.


    One of my favorite songs. (none / 0) (#17)
    by TChris on Thu May 07, 2009 at 05:49:46 PM EST
    You have excellent taste in music, kdog.

    From wiki: (none / 0) (#3)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed May 06, 2009 at 06:55:20 PM EST
    Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission determined that the group [the Tupac Amaru Revelutionary Movement] was responsible for 1.5% of the deaths investigated. In its final findings published in 2003, the Commission observed:

    Unlike Shining Path, and like other armed Latin American organizations with which it maintained ties, the MRTA claimed responsibility for its actions, its members used uniforms or other identifiers to differentiate themselves from the civilian population, it abstained from attacking the unarmed population and at some points showed signs of being open to peace negotiations.

    Nevertheless, MRTA also engaged in criminal acts; it resorted to assassinations, such as in the case of General Enrique López Albújar, the taking of hostages and the systematic practice of kidnapping, all crimes that violate not only personal liberty but the international humanitarian law that the MRTA claimed to respect.

    It is important to highlight that MRTA also assassinated dissidents within its own ranks.[2]

    Who gets the baby when he's three (none / 0) (#4)
    by nycstray on Wed May 06, 2009 at 07:54:03 PM EST
    if she isn't paroled? Does he stay with her family here or the husband there, or do they 'take him away'?

    The Free Lori Website: Call to Action (none / 0) (#6)
    by shmerritt on Wed May 06, 2009 at 09:01:41 PM EST
    I have been on the e-mailing list of this site for several years, and have responded to the calls to action that it periodically sends out.  Soon after having given birth to this baby boy, Lori Berenson will need to have delicate spinal surgery.

    Before the birth of her son yesterday, her parents had requested that Lori's supporters call and/or contact by mail President Obama (The White House public phone number) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (her address is given) to urge that they pressure officials of the Peruvian government for her early release on humanitarian grounds (such requests have failed in the past).  They have just sent out another call to action today.

    A couple of weeks ago, when I called the White House in response to the earlier call to action, the operator awas not familiar with the case of Lori Berenson, and I had to explain who she is and the urgency of her health issues.  More information about who she is is accessible directly from the website listed below, if one needs it.

    If you are interested in further information and additional contexts for this call to action, please visit the website Free Lori.org.  Thank you.

    Susan Hollis Merritt