More than 20 officials and prison guards have been arrested in Mexico over the horrific discovery in the waste of a prison of a dead baby removed from the grave, authorities said Tuesday.
Investigators are trying to determine how the body was taken to prison, as well as the motives behind the unusual case, which led to shock and conviction.
The three-month-old baby, born with congenital problems, died on Jan. 6 of a common infection and was buried in Mexico City, prosecutors said.
Days later, his body was found by an inmate searching for recyclable materials in a dumpster at a prison in the state of Puebla, about 80 miles (80 km) away.
“It’s an atypical case and there is no record of one with similar characteristics,” Mexico City’s prosecutor’s office spokesman Ulises Lara told the press.
Puebla governor Miguel Barbosa said 21 people had been arrested so far, after warrants were issued against 23 suspects, including supervisors and guards at the prison.
He labeled those responsible as “demonic” and also fired his security and prison commanders.
Mexican prisons are full of crime and violence due to the presence of members of rival criminal gangs.
Clashes between inmates at a prison in the western state of Colima on Tuesday left eight people dead and seven injured, authorities said.
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