Exhumations in Jerez relating to ‘stolen babies’

The first exhumation has taken place in Jerez de la Frontera to determine through DNA analysis whether the remains in the grave match those of a baby who reportedly died after three days back in 1982.

The parents of the baby suspect that this could relate to the so-called ‘stolen babies’ scenario, the widespread theft of newborn children during and even after the Franco regime.

Mothers were told that their babies had died shortly after birth when in fact they were being sold to or placed with other families. It is currently estimated that as many as 300,000 babies were stolen during the Franco regime.

A second exhumation is due to take place in Jerez relating to a family from Arcos who suspect their baby was stolen.

The DNA testing is expected to take about five months.

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