A little boy who was found dead in a trash can at a notorious Mexican prison was allegedly used to smuggle drugs inside the prison.
The body of the tragic baby was discovered by an inmate at the rehabilitation center in Puebla, Mexico, while they were looking for plastic bottles.
Local authorities have opened an investigation into the death as the child underwent a surgical incision in his abdomen, suggesting he was used as a drug mule, Mexico News Daily reports.
Investigators say the child was not born in prison and are working to uncover the identity of the baby, who was found dead on January 11.
Puebla Governor Miguel Barbosa Huerta said: “The investigation will be carried out with the necessary secrecy to discover the truth, first determining where the child was born. Because he wasn’t born in prison.
Initial reports said the baby was around three months old, but the state government recently claimed he was just six days old.
The Puebla prison has previously been the subject of human rights investigations and is known to have a history of gang violence, riots and allegations of official corruption.
Reinserta, a Mexican organization that says it is “transforming lives marked by violence”, released a statement saying it “strongly condemns” the state government for the “heinous act”.
The local non-profit group believes the tragedy is due to corruption.
The organization tweeted: “Authorities are completely overwhelmed and complicit in the corrupt acts occurring inside the prison.”
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The message contained a two-page document of their statement which also cited cases of prostitutes being smuggled inside the prison and rampant drug trafficking in the facility which has an official capacity of 2,100 but houses more than 3 000 detainees.
Saskia Niño de Rivera, co-founder of Reinserta, told the Milenio news network that the government’s response to the baby’s death was “absurd”.
She added: “How come the authorities didn’t realize that a minor came in – alive or dead – and never left the prison?”