STOLEN BABIES

Nun in stolen baby case called to court

The case against Sister María is the first to reach this judicial stage

A Madrid judge has handed a court summons to a nun accused of being involved in a baby-snatching ring. Sister María Gómez Valbuena has been provisionally charged with kidnap and falsification of public documents relating to the disappearance of a baby in 1982.

That child, Pilar, is now 30, and tracked down her biological mother, Marisa Torres, just six months ago. On Tuesday, they gave evidence against Sister María. Scores of complaints have been filed by parents who were told that their children had died at birth in similar cases at public hospitals across Spain.

The case against Sister María is the first to reach this judicial stage. Several families in Madrid have claimed their newborns were stolen by the nun during the 1980s from the now-defunct Santa Cristina maternity clinic.

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