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Latino Daily News

Tuesday February 15, 2011

Woman in Mexico Accused of Stealing Baby, While Thousands are Orphaned

In Mexico, a woman was arrested after allegations that she bought a baby on the black market. She now faces kidnapping charges.

Mexican media sources have reported that 46-year-old Antonia Martinez was arrested by Nuevo León state police after she reportedly tried to get a medical certificate for the baby she was holding. She wished to bring him to the United States.

Martinez allegedly bought the baby just south of Mexico City for 15,000 to 20,000 pesos ($1,200 to 1,650). Officials say the baby was less than six days old, but was in very good health, and was taken into custody at around 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

Investigators said they spoke with a women familiar with the baby selling business and she reportedly told them that the transaction was legal, and that the baby was presented with a birth certificate.

However, the certificate Martinez possessed had no Mexican official’s signature on it, only the baby’s fingerprints and the signature of a midwife.

Martinez reportedly has four other children, and in the wake of a divorce, she wanted another.

What should be noted is that a report out of the Autonomous University of Juárez stated that due to drug cartel violence in Mexico, over 8,500 children are estimated to be orphans by 2012.

Which could lead one to wonder why Martinez would feel the need to steal one.