What is down syndrome? What causes down syndrome? Elvia walked away from the church and God earlier in her life. Elvia thought God was punishing her by giving her a down syndrome trisomy 21 baby. She wanted to know why she was chosen to have a disabled – handicap child. Having her beautiful daughter Janissa brought her closer to God. It did not matter that this child had down syndrome. The child who they said may not walk, now thoroughly enjoys singing and dancing for Jesus.