A woman accused of stealing a baby from a mother’s womb and raising the boy as her own was convicted of child-trafficking Wednesday and could get the equivalent of three years’ probation.
Judge Marcelino Padron Benavides found 34-year-old Paulyna Botello guilty in the 1992 case.
Laura Lugo of Brownsville, Texas, had claimed that Botello and her sister Rosa lured her across the Mexican border to a clinic, drugged her, had a doctor perform a Caesarean section on her and made off with the infant.
Paulyna Botello had claimed to be the boy’s mother until DNA tests proved otherwise.
The Botellos say Lugo agreed to give her child up for adoption, then changed her mind and fabricated the story to win the boy back.
Rosa Botello, charged with the same offense as her sister, is awaiting a verdict.