Skip to comments.Police take preschoolers off Nuevo Laredo streets after parents kidnapped
Posted on 02/02/2011 10:05:32 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
NUEVO LAREDO Police took at least 25 children found wandering city streets to the government children's shelter after their parents were kidnapped from homes on Nuevo Laredo's East, West and South Sides.
The children, most of them preschoolers, were found in three places at different times late Monday and early Tuesday, according to an internal police bulletin.
They had been taken to areas away from their homes and had no idea where they were, the bulletin states.
All the parents and other adults were kidnapped late Monday, authorities said.
Late Tuesday, at least three of the children had been reunited with their parents, who had been released by their captors.
It was unclear whether a ransom was paid for the parents' release.
The first group of children was discovered late Monday when the city's emergency dispatch center (known as C-4) received calls at about 11:20 p.m. reporting the sound of children crying, coming from an area of abandoned houses near the intersection of Río Pánuco and Calle 15 de septiembre.
There were four boys and four girls of 1, 3, 5 and up to 14 years of age, the bulletin states.
They didn't know why they were there.
A second report came at 3:41 a.m., when two patrol officers spotted six children between the ages of 3 and 7 wandering the road in the Vista Hermosa subdivision on Colosio Boulevard.
The children couldn't tell us why they were there, the police report states.
The third group of children was found walking along Canseco Boulevard in El Progreso subdivision at about 6:20 a.m.
Patrol officers saw they were barefoot there were boys and girls ages 3 to 9, the police bulletin states. The minors were not under adult supervision.
The children were all taken to the city's DIF, the government agency dedicated to the welfare of children and families.
We have health professionals, said a city source who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to give a formal statement. The children received health and mental evaluations, and pediatricians checked the youth. They were all right.
None of the children showed any signs of physical injury, officials said.
Late Tuesday morning, a woman arrived at the shelter to claim her granddaughter.
The woman said the family lives in the Victoria neighborhood and that people she didn't know had kidnapped her 25-year-old son and five other adults, including some women, according to a city source who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to give a formal statement.
Federal officials reported that at least one couple and a woman had been released and returned to their homes later Tuesday.
The couple also went to the shelter, where they were reunited with their three children.
Several other people who had been reported missing from an area east of Madero Avenue also had been returned to their homes by Tuesday night, federal authorities said.
There was activity in different parts of the city, a federal official said.
Soldiers cordoned off several areas in connection with the reported kidnappings, but there were no reports of any arrests.
To claim their children, adults are required to present proof that they are the parents or legal guardians, such as a birth certificate or other legal document.
What a nightmare. I am glad the children were not killed/hurt/kidnapped, but still, what must they being going through?
wait until the human trafficker’s here about this - they will swarm on this town...unbelievable. This is 2011 and stuff like still happens...every school child needs to learn about the world outside of there town and X-box - and start to realize the difficult situations others are in. Ignorance is bliss I guess...I follow H/T in the Middle East - Africa - but I know it’s just as bad in Latin America...
The horrors of a society that is reaping the corruption it’s sown for so may decades. May God protect these young ones.
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