Mexican authorities search for the couple who abducted and murdered 7-year-old Fátima

18/02/2020
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Mexican authorities search for the couple who abducted and murdered 7-year-old Fátima
Local authorities have released a portrait of the woman - Photo: Featured Photography

Mexican authorities search for the couple who abducted and murdered 7-year-old Fátima

18/02/2020
14:32
Newsroom/EL UNIVERSAL in English
Mexico City
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According to surveillance videos, the woman put the child inside a car

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On February 17, Mexico City Prosecutor Ernestina Godoy said five witnesses had been questioned in relation to the abduction and femicide of 7-year-old Fátima Cecilia and the Prosecutor’s Office offered MXN $2 million in exchange for information that leads to the arrest of those involved in the murder of the little girl.

When asked if the case was linked to organ trafficking, as suggested by a Twitter user who claims to be Fátima’s uncle, Godoy denied the claims.

On February 18, local authorities released a portrait of the women who abducted Fátima from school.

The document released by local authorities details the woman is between 42 and 45 years, with a medium-light skin tone, has long and straight hair, round face, a small nose, and an oval chin.

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According to surveillance videos, the woman put the child inside a car after walking for a while.

So far, local authorities have images and a portrait of the woman, as well as additional data, and two addresses where authorities have searched two homes.

On February 17, relatives of Fátima, the little girl murdered in cold blood in Mexico City, said the Mexican government had failed to protect her despite their pleas. According to Godoy and alleged relatives, Fatimá's mother has a mental illness; child services (DIF) argues the woman mistreated and neglected the child and her siblings. Meanwhile, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador blamed the crime on neo-liberal economics.

Sonia López, Aldrighetti’s aunt, said the girl could have been found alive if authorities had listened to the family.

Fátima is not with us because the protocols were not followed, because the institutions did not give the attention they should have,” López said, her voice breaking with emotion as she spoke to reporters. “We will not forget her.”

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López said precious hours were wasted after Fátima Aldrighetti was reported missing. She also said social services had not heeded calls to supervise the girl’s mother.

However, during a press conference on February 18, Godoy argued that local authorities had followed all the protocols after the family reported the 7-year-old as missing; however, the local prosecutor said she would not contradict what the family has said.

During a press conference on February 18, Ernestina Godoy confirmed the little girl was sexually abused and tortured.

On February 19, Mexico City authorities announced they searched a home in Xochimilco, where experts gathered evidence that is currently being analyzed. A testimony alerted authorities about the home where Fátima was held. Authorities revealed they found IDs, photographs, personal items, fingerprints, and bloodstains

Authorities confirmed they will charge two suspects with kidnapping charges, and possibly with femicide and other charges. They will request the harshest sentence, which means the criminals could spend between 40 and 180 years in prison

After searching the home where Fátima was held, authorities finally released the pictures of the two suspects involved in the kidnapping, torturing, abuse, and murder of Fátima Cecilia: Giovana "N" and Mario "N."

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According to information obtained by EL UNIVERSAL, the full names of those involved in the brutal crime are Gladis Giovana Cruz Hernández and Mario Alberto Reyes Nájera

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