By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
An Orange Walk mother is asking the public to help her learn the whereabouts of her two-year-old daughter.
Anliz Gutierrez explained that on Friday a woman purporting to be a social worker approached her and informed her that she came to take her child, Nina Barrera Perez. She said the social worker, escorted by a police officer, explained that she did not have legal custody of the child.
Gutierrez says that since they took her baby, she cannot determine her child’s whereabouts or well being. She told the Reporter that she filed a complaint with the Orange Walk police, who have been uncooperative to help her.
The local media have since reported that the child is safe and in the custody of the Department of Human Services.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Human Development Judith Alpuche was quoted as saying that the child’s removal was lawful and followed due process.
Gutierrez was unavailable to respond to the allegations that she had actually abducted the child from her father and lawful guardian in Guatemala.
The Reporter will follow this story as it develops.