August 18, 2014
08/16/14 Fox News Latino
The Mexican agency attending to children who were rescued last month from a squalid shelter in the western state of Michoacán called on prosecutors to investigate reports that four of the minors committed suicide in recent weeks.
Other victims of the “La Gran Familia” shelter, taken over by the government amid sexual and physical abuse allegations, “tell us that four children committed suicide,” Julio Hernández Barros, an attorney and member of the government’s Executive Commission on Victim Attention, or CEAV, told Efe.
August 15, 2014
08/15/14 Fox News Latino
A mayor in the western state of Michoacán was detained for allegedly ordering the killing of a friend and extorting her employees and street vendors in her city on behalf of a drug cartel, authorities said Thursday.
Michoacán state prosecutors said in a statement that Huetamo Mayor Dalia Santana told her friend to meet her for breakfast at a Chinese restaurant, where a gunman shot him to death last year. The gunman was a member of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which is based in Michoacán.
July 25, 2014
07/25/14 BBC News
A federal judge in Mexico has charged six employees of a children’s home raided by police last week.
More than 450 children and teenagers were rescued from the The Big Family Home, where they had been living in appalling conditions.
Prosecutors believe some of the children were subjected to beatings and sexual abuse.
The owner of the home, 79-year-old Rosa Verduzco, has been deemed too old and mentally unfit to stand trial.
July 21, 2014
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.
July 18, 2014
07/17/14 Los Angeles Times
In an odd and contradictory tale of abuse and protection, authorities say they rescued nearly 500 children from a shelter in the western state of Michoacan, where they were reportedly exposed to bug-infested food, rapes and filthy conditions.
Yet almost immediately after the announcement earlier this week, Mexico’s former president and several other prominent public figures rose to the defense of the elderly woman running the shelter, further muddying an already confusing picture.
July 2, 2014
7/2/14 Fox News Latino
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he planned to work closely with the new governor of the western state of Michoacan, Salvador Jara, on security, economic and development issues.
The national government does not want to “create competition or establish another level of government” in Michoacan, where federal officials deployed the security forces in January to restore order in the Tierra Caliente, the president said.
June 30, 2014
The first half of 2014 has seen the “autodefensa” citizens’ militias in the southwestern state of Michoacan, Mexico take control of local security and checkpoints along roadways in one of the country’s most problematic regions. Michoacan has also seen attacks against a Pepsi subsidiary and the murder of an ArcelorMittal employee. New rules imposed by Mexico’s federal government in May were put in place to regularize the autodefensas into a uniformed police force called the Fuerza Rural and ban ordinary citizens from carrying machine guns. Throughtout the course of June, however, armed citizens continued to carry out operations in Michoacan.