A five-year-old girl was found chained to a bed in an apparent ‘house of horrors’ after neighbours heard screams coming from the rubbish-strewn hovel.
The child, whose name has not been revealed, was found inside a house located in the neighbourhood El Refugio, in the city of Ciudad Fernandez, in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi.
Alfredo Farias Carmona, the director of public safety in the municipality, told local media the rescue happened last Friday after a report was made by neighbours who heard screams believed to be from the girl.
The girl was reportedly found inside the house with her right foot chained to the metal bed structure and a padlock keeping the chain in place.
Mexican authorities said a tub was found next to her which she used to relieve herself whilst rubbish and clothes were strewn across the floor.
The girl was reportedly calm when the rescuers found her, but police found injuries to her right leg caused by the chains.
She is in the custody of the Integral Development of the Family in San Luis Potosi who have started an investigation to find out who had chained her up.
The prosecution of the state also started an investigation into the crimes of child abuse and domestic violence.
It is unclear where the girl’s parents are or if the house belongs to them.
No arrests have been reported and it is unclear why the girl was chained up.
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