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Pregnant Mexican woman dead after unborn baby cut from womb

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A Mexican woman has died after a couple cut her open to steal her unborn baby – who was miraculously later rescued alive.

Rosa Isela Castro Vazquez, 20, was last seen after going to meet a woman she’d chatted with online who had promised to give her hand-me-down baby clothes, local authorities said.

After Ms Vazquez, who was eight months pregnant, didn’t return, her husband alerted police, who discovered she had planned to meet the woman at a pharmacy near her home in the eastern state of Veracruz, the New York Post reports.

Surveillance footage showed the mum-to-be meeting the suspect outside the pharmacy and being bundled into a car, local reports said.

The pregnant woman’s body was found on Saturday during a raid on a ranch, with the unborn child cut out of her womb, prosecutors confirmed.

That same day, a woman only identified as Veronica “N” raised suspicions when she took a newborn to Veracruz Regional Hospital and was unable to prove it was hers, local reports said.

Officials confirmed that when suspects Veronica “N” and her partner, Gonzalo “N,” were arrested, “they had a newborn minor with them, which was rescued safe and sound”.

On Monday, the pair appeared before a judge, accused of kidnapping and femicide.

They allegedly cut open the victim to get her unborn child, with an official linked to the investigation claiming the female suspect couldn’t have children of her own, according to AFP.

More than 3700 women were murdered in violence-plagued Mexico in 2021, of which around 1000 were classified as femicides – killing a woman because of her gender – according to official figures.

Hundreds of women have disappeared in suspicious circumstances in the country this year, prompting angry protests over the Mexican femicide crisis.

This article originally appeared on New York Post and was reproduced with permission

Story Credit: news.com.au

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