Jessica's Possible Background Story
Cook County's office of Adoption and Family Supportive Services provided a form full of information about the woman Raphael said was Jessica's birth mother. He, and by extension the office, said her name was Virginia Martinez -- a 23-year-old divorced Catholic.
According to the county and Raphael, Martinez was 4-foot-11 at the time and weighed 115 lbs. She had a fair complexion, green eyes and dark, brown hair. She was listed as being Mexican and Italian. And, the form said her birth date was April 9, 1967.
Martinez was allegedly a high school graduate with two years of music school. She was trained to play classical guitar and cello, and she and her 24-year-old brother played in a quartet, according to Raphael.
Despite her musical talent, Martinez was working as a waitress at the time, the county said. Jessica's adoptive parents were told Martinez worked at a bakery near the corner of Fullerton Parkway and Lakeview Avenue in Chicago.
Martinez's mother, Jessica's biological grandmother, was 55 years old at the time, the county said. She was also divorced. The story goes: she was a college graduate and fiction writer, who lived in Pennsylvania at the time.
Martinez's father was a 74-year-old college graduate and retired businessman who lived in Mexico at the time of Jessica's birth.
Martinez apparently had five older brothers, including that 24-year-old one from the quartet. At the time, the county said one was a 31-year-old beautician, another was a 29-year-old construction worker, a third was a 27-year-old college student, another was an oil painter and the one in the quartet was a commercial artist.
Martinez was listed as being allergic to strawberries and mushrooms. She had a 3-year-old son in preschool, the county said. According to the story told to Jessica's adoptive parents, Martinez had Jessica with a separate man from the father of her 3-year-old son. But, in order to rekindle the relationship with the other dad, she decided to give Jessica up for adoption, according to the adoption lawyer.
That means Jessica might have a half-brother out there somewhere.