Story By: Amanda Morales, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
A baby girl seen here being held by a burly police officer was found crying inside a cardboard box wrapped in a blanket.
She had been dumped there with a bottle of powdered milk and several diapers.
The baby appeared in the town of San Miguel de Octopan, municipality of Celaya, in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato on 26th August.
According to the official press statement, several residents of the town alerted the emergency services to the discovery of an abandoned baby.
Immediately, agents of the municipal police went to the place where she was abandoned, which is one of the main avenues of the town, and started an investigation into the circumstances.
Meanwhile, Civil Protection and Red Cross agents transferred the child to the Maternity Hospital for medical evaluation.
According to the press statement, the little girl is in good health and out of danger.
Currently, the baby girl, with fair complexion and black hair, is in charge of the National System for the Integral Development of the Family, a public institution dedicated to the development of the well-being of Mexican families.
The municipal police have opened an investigation to clarify the facts.
According to a report published by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), one of the country’s main challenges is the protection of children due to the high rate of poverty in many regions of the country.
In Mexico, 18 percent of girls and boys under the age of five have not yet reached adequate development due to nutritional deficiencies and almost half of the country’s children and adolescents live in poverty.
According to UNICEF, in April 2017, there were a total of 1.6 million minors orphaned in Mexico.
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