The Los Angeles Times
April 17, 1951
Dianetics Man's Baby Reported in New Jersey
L. Ron Hubbard, 40, founder of Dianetics, yesterday was said to have his
small daughter, Alexis Valorie, 13 months, with him in New Jersey, while his
estranged wife Sara searched for the child here.
In court of Superior Judge Mildred Lillie, testimony of Vincent J.
McGonigle, operator of a West Los Angeles nurses' agency, was that he had
taken the infant to the father in the East, March 5th. Mrs. Hubbard, 25, had
said the child was secreted with McGonigle under the name Anne Marie Olson.
Through Attorney Caryl Warner, Mrs. Hubbard accused Frank B. Dessler, one of
Hubbard's disciples, of removing the baby from its nursery Feb. 23rd, and of
placing it with McConigle.
On the witness stand, Dessler said he had not seen the baby since that date,
and he had no idea of the child's whereabouts.
Mrs. Hubbard charged that on the night her baby was taken, she herself was
"kidnapped" by her husband and driven to Arizona under threats of death. She
was released later, she said, and he promised to give the child to her on
her promise that she would not prosecute him for his actions.
Judge Lillie continued the hearing to give Warner further opportunity to
question McGonigle and Dessler in his search for the child.