Last updated on November 3, 2020
Mexico City, Mexico — UPDATED: A 2-million-peso reward is being offered by the Attorney General of Mexico City for the successful capture of a woman believed responsible for the abduction of a child February 11.
The 7-year-old girl was taken from the Enrique Rébsamen Elementary School by the woman. Private surveillance video shows the woman and child walking together along a street in Mexico City after leaving her school. The girl, Fatima N, was found dead and stuffed into a garbage bag five days later.
Since the release of the video, police have determined the partial identify of the woman who is said to have known the child and her mother. She was a street vendor who neighbors say sold potatoes outside the school.
On February 11, the woman is alleged to have gone to the school under the pretense of picking up Fatima to take her home since, according to the school, her parents had not yet arrived since her mother was stuck in traffic, arriving 20 minutes late. Since the child knew the woman, she willingly left with her. The pair were captured walking in an alley before the woman escorted the child into a white vehicle.
The Attorney General of Mexico City released the portrait of the woman identified as responsible for taking Fatima N from her school February 11. After her disappearance, her family filed a missing person’s report which triggered an Amber Alert. However, it wasn’t until February 15 that the body of the girl was found in a bag.
According to reports, the Central Prosecutor of Investigation for the Attention of the Crime of Homicide was notified after the finding. On the night of February 16, family members received the news that the remains had been identified via DNA and were that of the girl.
The Fiscalía General de Justicia de la Ciudad de México released a photo and description of the woman with a 2-million-peso reward for information leading to her capture.
UPDATE: A man and woman have been arrested by police for the alleged kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Fatima. In custody are Gladis Giovana C and Mario Alberto R. They have been presented before a judge who determined they will remain in preventive detention at the Santa Martha Acatitla Women’s Social Reintegration Center and the Men’s Oriente Preventive Prison, respectively.
The woman allegedly lured the child from her school as a “gift” to her abusive husband. Fatima was killed when the husband learned via television that she was listed as missing and police were actively seeking her location. Police say an autopsy revealed Fatima had been sexually assaulted before her death. The Public Ministry is seeking the maximum penalty, which is a sentence of 70 years each.