Thursday, July 24, 2014

México: Update--Why Wasn't the Owner of La Gran Familia Shelter in Michoacan Arrested?

According to The Latin American Tribune, why wasn't the 79-year-old founder of the La Gran Familia shelter in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, where 500 minor children  were found living in squalid conditions were rescued last week, said that her age prevented her from noticing incidents of abuse and mistreatment. 

COMMENT: If Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, 79, AKA "Mama Rosa," is so numb that she cannot comprehend when young children are being neglected, sexually abused and experiencing benign neglect, she should have been arrested along with her younger co-conspirators.

In La Gran Familia, sexual abuse, physical and psychological maltreatment were committed and children were deprived of their freedom, according to accounts from residents and statements accompanying more than 150 criminal complaints filed against the shelter.

Mama Rosa acknowledged that she used “tough love” to help discipline the children at times. She justified the bars on the shelter’s rooms, the lack of hygiene, the use of expired food and her attitude toward the parents of the kids, whom she made sign notarized documents giving up their children’s rights.

Verduzco, who owns 21 properties, confirmed that over the past six decades at least 4,000 children passed through La Gran Familia, which had government-paid teachers and medical services from the public health care system.

Six people who worked with "Mama Rosa" are in custody facing charges for kidnapping, child trafficking and other crimes.