August 20, 2014
Girl rescued in City after 9 year captivity
City authorities have rescued a teenage girl who was held captive for nine years in a garage next to a dog and a monkey by her legal guardians, worshippers of “San la Muerte”, or the saint of death.
The guardians, identified as Daniel Gómez (43) and Adriana Barros (56), were arrested in their home located in Villa Lugano, Buenos Aires.
They were granted temporary custody of the victim in 2001 by a civil court order, after the child’s biological mother declared she did not have the means to feed her.
Her biological sister began to look for her when she turned 18, although the rest of the original family cut contact in 2005 without showing interest in the girl’s condition.
The details delivered by the sister eventually concluded in the founding.
The 15-year-old girl was hospitalized due to her poor state of health, result of the ordeal that lasted almost a decade. She was found weighing less than 20 kilos and suffers from a development delay, caused by malnutrition.
The girl -who remained anonymous- was fed on a sporadic basis with beer yeast, bread and water, while the two other animals received normal food on a regular basis. They were found in good condition.
She stated that her step parents used to punish and hit her with a belt, as she ate the animal’s leftovers.
The guardians have been held on charges of forced slavery, severe injuries, and false imprisonment, while a plea for bail was turned down by Judge María Gabriela Lanz.