8 detained in Mexico over baby buying scheme in Sonora

8 detained in Mexico over baby buying scheme in Sonora

Sep 4, 2015

People who each paid up to $8,800 USD to adopt nine babies under an illegal scheme in Mexico’s Northern State of Sonora, will be allowed to keep the children, authorities said.

State authorities of Sonora detained eight people on Tuesday September 2nd accused of obtaining the children from a corrupt official working in the child protection services of the prosecutor’s office.

They were among 14 adoptive parents sought in connection with the case, which sparked national outrage. All eight were released after posting bail the same day.

But Sonora state chief prosecutor Carlos Navarro said they would all be able to keep the children, including three who have been taken to social services.

“The state prosecutor’s office will drop legal action against the men and women who have given these children the love and affection that all children need,” Navarro told a news conference late Wednesday.

“I think that these families have been punished enough already,” he said.

Meanwhile, none of the biological mothers have come forward, an official in the prosecutor’s office told AFP. They are believed to have given away their babies because they were poor or addicted to drugs.

The eight people who were arrested have shown the attitude of any “loving parent and they have cooperated with the investigation,” Sonora chief prosecutor Carlos Navarro told Milenio television.

“They never acted like your classic criminals,” Navarro said.

They are among eight of 14 people wanted for allegedly paying for the adoptions.

Three of the nine babies have been found by the prosecutor’s office.

One of the other suspects sought by the authorities is Vladimir Arzate, deputy director of the child protection section of the prosecutor’s office who asked couples for money to “speed up” the adoption process, Navarro said.

An arrest warrant was also issued against a doctor who signed fake birth documents in which the adoptive parents appeared as the biological parents.

The child protection unit of the Sonora prosecutor’s office handles the paperwork for adoptions and deals with pregnant women in high risk situations such as poverty and drug addiction.

DIF Sonora (Photo: Televisa)

DIF Sonora (Photo: Televisa)

Since 2011, Arzate used information on parents seeking to adopt and vulnerable pregnant women for his scheme, Navarro said.

Some of the biological mothers “did not want” to keep the children, but there are no documents showing any agreements between the adoptive parents and the pregnant women, the prosecutor said.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Arzate, the deputy director of the child protection section of the prosecutor’s office accused of asking couples for money to speed up the adoption process.

An arrest warrant was also issued against a doctor who signed fake birth documents in which the adoptive parents appeared as the biological parents.

Since 2011, Arzate used information on parents seeking to adopt and vulnerable pregnant women for his scheme, prosecutors said.

There are no documents showing any agreements between the adoptive parents and the pregnant women.

 

Source: http://www.news24.com/

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