(Reuters) – Mexico said on Tuesday it had rescued 458 children from a vermin-infested refuge for abandoned boys and girls, some of whom it believes were sexually abused.
The attorney general’s office said police and army troops raided a home known as “La Gran Familia” (The Big Family) in the western city of Zamora on Tuesday, following at least 50 complaints about its operators.
Infested by rats, bedbugs and fleas, the refuge was run by Rosa Verduzco, who is now being questioned by authorities, the government said.
The refuge was home to 278 boys, 174 girls and six infants as well as 138 adults aged up to 40, the government said.
“We found that there were around 500 children in truly terrible conditions,” Attorney General Jesus Murillo said.