Report: Mollie Tibbetts' mom took in son of immigrants after murder suspect's arrest

Published: Dec. 28, 2018 at 11:33 AM CST
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An article by the

is giving an inside look at what life has been like for Mollie Tibbetts' family since her death earlier this year.


, the Calderwood home has taken in someone new - a 17-year-old son of Mexican immigrants who actually knew Tibbetts' alleged killer.

The Post reports Laura Calderwood took in a Mexican, 17-year-old Ulises Felix, after his parents decided to leave the area. Felix's parents were working at the same dairy farm as


However, after Bahena Rivera's arrest, his parents left the Brooklyn area for Illinois, leaving their American born son behind.

The Post says Mollie's younger brother, Scott, asked Calderwood if they could take in Ulises and she simply thought of what Mollie would do.

Since then, Felix has been staying in Calderwood's spare bedroom.

The writer of the Post story, Terrence McCoy, says Calderwood is a "lifelong liberal who didn't abandon her politics" after President Donald Trump used Tibbetts' death to push stronger immigration policies.

Tibbetts was reported missing on July 19 and later found dead in a Poweshiek County cornfield on August 21.

Bahena Rivera was arrested and faces a first-degree murder charge in the case.

in Tibbetts' death on September 19. The defense and prosecution have agreed to a trial date of April 16, 2019.