“More than they can handle”

BBC NEWS | Americas | Adopted Guatemala baby ‘stolen’

Ms Escobar searched hospitals and orphanages and while at the National Adoption Council’s offices in May saw a toddler she was convinced was Esther.

Jaime Tecu, director of a team of experts reviewing all pending Guatemalan adoptions, said: “She was so sure that the child was hers that we agreed to search the house where the baby was kept.”

A Guatemalan judge allowed Ms Escobar to care for Esther while the new DNA tests were performed.

I guess this is how you adopt a baby who isn’t from one of those poor women who might not have taken good care of it. And there are still, of course, people who treat baby-stealing as an urban legend. (Next, coerced transplants…)


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