Photo: Spanish Nun Named Suspect in Decades-Long Baby Kidnapping Scheme
Sister Maria Gomez is now 80 years old, but investigators say she was part of a baby trafficking scheme that stretched across four decades and involved doctors, nurses, and nuns.
An estimated 1,500 children are believed to have been stolen in the 40 years leading up to the 1980s.
The Catholic nun is said to have participated in the kidnapping, selling and adoption of the stolen children.
Gomez’s name reportedly appears numerous times in complaints filed by those looking to the truth about the lost children. The nun has so far not given her side of the story, as she refuses to speak with investigators.
The removal of the babies from their original homes is said to have been started during the Spanish dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, when babies were taken away from families who were deemed politically dangerous to the dictator’s regime. However, the “baby snatching” evolved into a business allowing the kidnappers to make money off of poor and single mothers.