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Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Families who lost children in 2009 Hermosillo day-care center fire that killed 49 upset that only person held in custody in case has been freed

Delia Botero says she will ask IMSS to be reinstated, seek back pay and damages for the 2½ years she spent in prison

      Delia Botero prison interviewDelia 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.