SAN SALVADOR (Sept. 8, 2015) – A Texas couple left the hospital convinced they’d been given the wrong baby—and as it turns out, they were right.
Mercedes Casanellas gave birth to a baby boy at a private hospital in El Salvador in May. Before she and her husband returned to their Dallas, Texas, home, she felt something wasn’t right. She said the baby that staff at the hospital handed her looked different from the one she’d held in the delivery room. She also noted the baby bore little resemblance to her or her husband.
After three months, they decided to take a DNA test that showed there was zero-percent probability that the boy was their son, according to the Daily Mail.
Casanellas and her husband, Richard Cushworth, returned to El Salvador over the weekend and had DNA tests performed on all baby boys born in the hospital on the same day as their son. The results have not been made public.
On Thursday, the couple’s doctor was arrested. El Salvador’s attorney general ordered a criminal investigation into the case. Casanellas and her husband allege the doctor is part of a child trafficking ring.
“I just want him to give me my baby back. I want to know that my child hasn’t been trafficked or any other crime committed against him,” she said. “I need my baby, I’m just asking for my baby.”