A 20-year-old pregnant woman was kidnapped and murdered so that her child could be stolen while still in her womb in Veracruz, Mexico. According to the local newspaper El Universal, Rosa Isela was considered missing since November 30th. Her body was found on Saturday (3) and buried today amid requests for justice.
Rosa was nine months pregnant and had received a message on social media from a woman offering to donate clothes for her baby. Her body was found in the municipality of Medellín, about 20 km from where she was last seen.
The police arrested two people suspected of the crime. Identified as Gonzalo “N” and Verónica “N”, both were with a newborn child, presumably the victim’s son, when they were arrested. Authorities reported that the child is well and receiving care from the competent authorities.
According to the governor of Veracruz, Cuitláhuac García Jiménez, Veónica “N” would have planned the crime for months and even deceived her own family, making them believe that she was pregnant. She even went to the bloodied Red Cross, pretending to have given birth to the baby, extracted from the victim’s womb.
She and her accomplice, to whom she offered 10,000 Mexican pesos (about R$2,600) for help in the crime, will respond for attempted kidnapping, femicide and child theft.
Authorities have ruled out the existence of any baby-trafficking ring amid investigations.