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Woman in Mexico children's home probe freed without charges

Published on Jul 21, 2014 2:08 AM
Youths look through a barred window inside a home known as "La Gran Familia" (The Big Family), in the western city of Zamora July 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - A controversial woman at the center of an abuse scandal at a children's home in western Mexico has been set free after a preliminary probe cleared her of wrongdoing, a spokesman for the attorney general's office said on Sunday.

Mexican police raided the refuge known as "La Gran Familia" (The Big Family) in the state of Michoacan on Tuesday, finding around 450 kids in squalid rooms filled with trash and cockroaches.

Rosa Verduzco, 79, who ran the home, was detained and questioned on suspicion of willful deprivation of liberty and abuse at the vermin-infested home where rape, hunger and beatings were a part of daily life, according to victims.

But late on Saturday, Verduzco, who had been hospitalised, was freed, according to a spokesman for the attorney general's office who said statements from victims suggested she wasn't involved in the abuse.

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