A Mexican governor named Samuel Garcia and his wife Mariana Rodríguez are being accused of ‘violating the rights’ of a 5-month-old sick boy they ‘adopted’ and used him to make money on Instagram. The Daily Mail says that the couple is under federal investigation for marketing the boy on Instagram “after they got special permission to take him home for the weekend from the state-run shelter where he lives.”
Samuel García, governor of the northeastern state of Nuevo León, and Mariana Rodríguez, went to the Capullos Social Assistance Center in Guadalupe on Saturday and got a temporary guardianship consent for Emilio.
Rodríguez, who has been heavily involved with children’s rights issues, developed a special bond with the boy several weeks ago during a visit to the shelter, Infobae reported.
The child is diagnosed with schizencephaly, a rare birth defect that produces slits or clefts in the hemispheres of the brain. He also suffers from seizures.
The 25-year-old model acknowledged that the family was unable to apply for foster care because they lacked the required training.
But the couple was slammed by human rights groups that accused García and Rodríguez of using Emilio to give free publicity to private companies and the governor’s political party.
Rodríguez, who has more than 2 million followers on Instagram, drew backlash for video footage of Emilio that she uploaded to her Instagram Story.
‘By showing the face of the five-month-old child in a video on the social networks of the aforementioned couple and after it was replicated by some media outlets, in addition to revealing his name and the health problems he faces, there is a clear violation of right,’ the National System for Integral Family Development said in a statement Tuesday.
Flip to the next page to see photos of Samuel Garcia and Mariana Rodríguez with the 5-month-old baby.