The most recent reported case of abandonment of a minor occurred on Saturday, January 14, 2023, in the town of Fontibón. Photo capture Metropolitan Police.
The Children and Adolescents Metropolitan Police explained that 53 incidents or requests have been made through the 123 Emergency line, so far in January 2023, related to minors who have been seen in a state of abandonment. Eight of these cases have been dealt with by the authorities during the month.
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One of the last reported cases of abandonment of a minor happened on Saturday, January 14, 2023, in the town of Fontibón, where a neighbor from this community reported to 123 the crying and screams of a girl, who called her mother. from the window of the house for several hours.
The rapid action by a patrol of the Police for Children and Adolescents managed to rescue the minor, just two years old, who was inside this house in what would be an apparent state of abandonment.
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For his part, the Chief of the Police for Children and Adolescents, Major Diego Loza, detailed the moments of anguish experienced by the minor, when the special unit of the Bogotá police was present.
“She was asking for help and calling out her mother’s name so that they would take care of her,” said Loza.
The eldest explained that the minor was alone and in precarious conditions; likewise, she presented several hours of not having eaten food. During the police procedure, and in accordance with the protocols for the care and protection of minors, the uniformed officer asked the girl about her situation, who “barely stated that her mother abandoned her the day before.”
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In images released by Arriba Bogotá, the procedure could be seen by the uniformed officers, who, not having the keys to the house, entered the house with a ladder. However, at that moment a citizen appeared who stated that he was a relative of the minor (uncle) and allowed the competent authorities to enter.
According to the police report, it was recorded that this citizen, who refused to reveal his identity, appeared in a state of drunkenness. Immediately, the uniformed officers carried out the search and rescue procedure for abandonment and negligence.
Major Diego Loza expressed that there are several reports that have been received by the 123 Emergency Line, a total of 53 so far this year, where it is reported about the abandonment of minors. In several cases, the minor’s parents appear to address the situation.
“Parents of families who have gone out to party, do recreational activities, walk and who have left their children in these states of abandonment,” explained the chief of the Police for Children and Adolescents.
It should be noted that, according to figures presented by the police institution in 2022, the authorities have managed to attend to 51 cases of abandonment. The localities most affected are: Bosa, Ciudad Bolívar and Usme.
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Just like this minor, 7 more children have been rescued by our group of children and adolescents so far this year. We call on parents to protect children. #DiosYPatria pic.twitter.com/Rq0Iq4wtdE
– Bogota Metropolitan Police (@PoliciaBogota) January 17, 2023
The Colombian Institute of Family Welfare notified, on January 17, 2023, that this minor was left under the protection of the national entity after being found by the Police for Children and Adolescents in an abandoned situation in Bogotá.
“Once the situation was known, a team from the Family Ombudsman made the assessments and advanced the procedures to open a Rights Restoration Process (PARD) in favor of the girl,” the entity declared.
The ICBF adopted provisional protection measures where all the rights of the minor will be guaranteed. In turn, he reiterated the call to families to strengthen their role as the first protective environment.
Recommendations of the Metropolitan Police to protect minors
In the event of being temporarily absent from your residence, leave it under the care of a family member or person responsible. Approach the support centers for child care, available to the Family Welfare Institute. Use line 141 to report any type of case that affects the integrity of children and adolescents.Provide support to parents who need it and reinforce telephone help lines for children and adolescents, as well as other complaint mechanisms focused on them.Designate as essential to social service workers, including the fight against gender violence, intrafamily violence and the protection of children and adolescents. The protection of girls, boys and adolescents is a commitment of all .
Finally, both the ICBF and the Childhood and Adolescence Police invited the entire community to report any act that puts the life and integrity of children and adolescents at risk, adding that the abandonment of minors is a crime that It is punishable by a sentence of 32 to 108 months in jail.
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