[Stop-traffic] Police Raid on Guatemalan home finds 21 illegal babies

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] Police Raid on Guatemalan home finds 21 illegal babies
From: Bruce Harris - Casa Alianza (bruce@casa-alianza.org)
Date: Thu Nov 30 2000 - 19:31:43 EST


November 30th, 2000

Police Raid on Guatemalan home finds 21 illegal babies

A police raid on a Guatemalan children's home in Guatemala City
on November 24th, 2000 which discovered 21 babies under the age
of two in process of adoption, resulted in the arrest of two people
including one lawyer.

The children's home " Nuevo Amanacer" in Zone 1 of Guatemala
City was ordered closed after police arrested Feliciano Carillo
Gudiel (47) and lawyer and notary Ruth Emilsa Alvarado Espana
(38) and charged them with the "Incorrect Appropriation of children"
(apropiacion indebida de menores de edad).

Police decided to arrest the two accused after they were unable to
prove the origin of the babies, some as young as just 2 days old.

Police also found blank pieces of paper signed by lawyer Alvarado
Espana with the official seal of "Hogar Nuevo Amanacer".
According to the official police report, authorities believe the lawyer
and legal representative of this children's home also "participated in
the legalization of false documents for the process of adoptions".

The children were taken into care by the children's section of the
Public Ministry.
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