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Mexican parents suspected in girl's death freed

Mexican parents suspected in girl's death freed

Mexican parents suspected in the death of their 4-year-old daughter were freed from detention Sunday but authorities said they remain under investigation.
The body of Paulette Gebara Farah was found in her own bedroom more than a week after her parents reported her missing and launched a nationwide campaign to find her. Investigators say she may have been asphyxiated.
The case has shocked Mexicans who had believed the girl was another victim of widespread kidnappings that have filled parents across the country with dread.
Prosecutors decided Lizette Farah, 34, her husband, Mauricio Gebara, 38, and two nannies could go free while the investigation continues, the Mexico state attorney general's office said in a statement. They were ordered to turn in their passports and are barred from leaving the region surrounding Mexico City.
Lizette Farah proclaimed her innocence Saturday through her lawyer.
The parents and nannies made no comment to reporters as they walked out of the hotel where they had been held under a form of house arrest in Toluca, a city just west of Mexico City.
Since Paulette was reported missing March 22, the family and supporters had scattered images of the girl wearing a princess dress on billboards and fliers across Mexico.
The girl had difficulties walking and talking due to an unspecified disability.
Prosecutors said they initially assumed they were dealing with a case in which the girl had somehow been taken from her luxury apartment building. But they became suspicious of the mother after she was overheard telling her other daughter not to talk because the family might be blamed for the disappearance.


Updated : 2021-05-06 22:13 GMT+08:00