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'Mama' of Mexican children's shelter accused of horrific abuses skirts prosecution

Published on Jul 22, 2014 9:51 AM
Rosa Verduzco, aka "Mama Rosa", has breakfast at the San Jose Hospital, in Zamora, Mexico on July 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Mexico will not prosecute the elderly director of a shelter where abuses of children allegedly ran rampant, as she has dementia, Justice Minister Jesus Murillo Karam said Monday.

Murillo Karam said that octogenarian Rosa Verduzco, better known as "Mama Rosa," has apparent senile dementia, and as such cannot be tried.

Police raided the home, known as "La Gran Familia" and located in the western town of Zamora, last Tuesday amid reports that five kidnapped children were being held there.

They found those children and much more: 400 minors and 200 adults living among large piles of rotting food and other fetid trash, as well as horror stories about sleeping amid rats and insects - and even being forced to perform oral sex on adults.

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