Caged for 15 years – naked!

A MEN­TALLY ILL woman was found in a cage af­ter be­ing locked up for 15 years.

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DORA ALI­CIA MEN­DEZ HUERVO, 55, has been found naked in a cage with her right leg miss­ing – she had been locked in for 15 years. She was found in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Mi­nati­t­lan, in the south­ern Mex­i­can state of Ver­acruz. Dora re­port­edly suf­fers from schizophre­nia and was found com­pletely naked in­side the cage. Re­ports sug­gest her rel­a­tives had kept her locked up for so long to stop her be­com­ing ag­gres­sive.

Dora is said to have lost her right leg af­ter jump­ing from the sec­ond floor of a build­ing and has been ac­cused of burn­ing down both of her sis­ters’ houses. Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia, the rea­son she was naked was be­cause she of­ten tears up her clothes.

Manuel Aburto Van­dala, direc­tor of the health depart­ment in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, says,

“She was to­tally aban­doned in in­hu­mane con­di­tions. This lack of free­dom should be ar­gued with prop­erly and we need to see the rea­sons be­hind it. But they are def­i­nitely not con­di­tions a hu­man be­ing should en­dure.” Van­dala tried to talk to her, but the years be­ing locked in the cage ap­peared to have left her with­out the abil­ity to un­der­stand the doc­tor or com­mu­ni­cate with him.

Dora had re­port­edly been pre­vi­ously hos­pi­talised in two psy­chi­atric cen­tres, but the fam­ily did not have the re­sources to pay for her re­cov­ery process.

Van­dala said that he had not pre­vi­ously known about the case and that lo­cal res­i­dents had not re­ported the case in or­der to avoid prob­lems with her rel­a­tives. Dora will be eval­u­ated in a psy­chi­atric in­sti­tute, and ac­cord­ing to re­ports, they have made an agree­ment with her fam­ily that she will stay in their home in im­proved con­di­tions.

‘RE­PORTS sug­gest her rel­a­tives had kept her locked up for so long to stop her be­com­ing ag­gres­sive.’

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