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Delia Irene Botello Amante, the former official overseeings IMSS day-care centers in Hermosillo, has been released from custody in the June 2009 ABC day-care center fire that killed 49 children. The spokesman for the Movimiento por la Justicia 5 de Junio, Julio César Márquez, who lost his child Yeyé in the blaze, called Botello's release a step backward for justice.
Botello said she was innocent of all charges, noting that she was in her position only 35 days before the fire occurred, and the day-care center had been in place long before that. She was in prison for 2½ years. She said she would demand reinstatement into the IMSS system, back pay, and damages. IMSS stands for the Mexican Institute of Social Security, which provides health-care and child-care services, among other things.
Stories, Frontera (PDF). Story on her release early Jan. 1 (PDF). Botello interview with Uniradio Noticias. May 2013 YouTube interview with Botello when she was in prison.
A June 2013 story in Excélsior said 22 people were facing charges in the case, but that Botello was the only one in custody.
September 2011: Three ordered bound over for trial in fire deaths.