Pregnant woman found dead after unborn baby cut from womb – couple detained in Mexico

A 20-year-old woman died after she was allegedly kidnapped by two people and the baby she was carrying was forcefully removed from her womb. Rosa Isela Castro was found dead in Medellin del Bravo, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico after arranging to meet with a woman she had met on the internet on November 30. Veracruz authorities later arrested a man and a woman, identified as Gonzalo N and Veronica N, who appeared in front of a judge accused of kidnapping and homicide.

An official linked to the investigation said Ms Castro had been sliced open and the baby removed from her womb.

The infant, a little girl, was later recovered alive and is expected to be handed back to her father.

Ms Castro is believed to have been contacted by Veronica N via social media with an offer to provide her with clothing for her unborn child.

The pair agreed to meet in the Las Bajadas area of Veracruz, where the eight-month-pregnant woman was last seen entering a vehicle after arriving late to the appointment.

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Veracruz authorities have said the suspects appeared to have been planning the gruesome murder for months.

In a statement following the arrest, the Attorney General of the State of Veracruz said: “The State Attorney General’s Office, headed by Veronica Hernandez Giadans, reports that officials of the Ministerial Police arrested Gonzalo ‘N’ and Veronica ‘N’ as alleged perpetrators of the crime of disappearance committed by individuals.’

“N is often used in Mexico to obfuscate a suspect’s full name due to local privacy laws.”

Ms Castro’s sister, Mara Lizbeth Castro Vázquez, reported her missing on the evening of November 30 after her husband raised the alarm.

Gonzalo N and Veronica N were stopped by the police shortly after the body was recovered as the couple raised suspicions by attending the hospital to have their baby tended to but failing to demonstrate she was their child.

Ms Castro Vázquez later said authorities had kept her and her family from identifying Rosa Isela as she was in a “bad condition”.

She also claimed they had faced pressure to go ahead with a speedy burial.

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