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A woman who was eight months pregnant was allegedly murdered by a couple who cut her abdomen open and snatched her unborn infant while she bled to death.
Rosa Isela Castro Vazquez, 20, was identified as the victim in the gruesome Nov. 30 attack, which was allegedly carried out by a couple seeking to steal her fetus, Mexican officials and news outlets reported.
Two suspects, identified only as Gonzalo “N” and Verónica “N,” have since been taken into police custody.
The suspected pair allegedly used social media to lure Vazquez to a pharmacy near her residence in Veracruz after volunteering to give her some used baby clothes, according to Mexican outlet Presencia.
According to reports, Vazquez was captured on surveillance recordings meeting Gonzalo “N” and Verónica “N” outside the business. The pair later seated her in a car.
The young mother’s mutilated body was later found on a ranch in the town of Rancho del Padre, according to several local news outlets.
The suspects were found to have a “newborn minor with them” when they were apprehended, prosecutors said. Officials said the child was Vazquez’s, and that it had survived its mother's murder and its own alleged abduction.
The baby “was rescued safe and sound and is now receiving attention from the relevant authorities," the Veracruz Attorney General's Office said in a statement on Dec. 3.
Verónica “N" had reportedly taken the infant to a nearby medical facility but was denied treatment after she couldn’t produce any proof the child was her own.
Mexican prosecutors vowed to prosecute the couple to the fullest extent of the law.
“The State Attorney General confirms that there will be no impunity for anyone who assaults a woman,” officials said in a statement. This is how the power of justice is transformed in Veracruz.”
It’s unclear if any court dates have been set in the case or if the two suspects have retained legal representation.
No other information was released by Mexican authorities regarding the open case.
Oxygen.com has reached out to the Attorney General of the State of Veracruz for further comment.
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