Neighbors submitted a number of claims and complaints to the local police regarding the cries and screams of children, during all hours of the day. The accusations caught the attention of Popayán city’s police department in Cauca, who started an in-depth investigation of the situation, which culminated in the arrest of two catholic sisters under suspicion of child abuse, the victims being the children who inhabit the orphanage.
Sisters Inés Pérez and Rosa Elvira Tróchez Joagui were both in charge of the Renacer Santa Clara Orphanage in Popayán city, situated in the southeast of Colombia, and have now been arrested under suspicion of child abuse, accused of torturing the 65 children who inhabit the orphanage.
The curious part of the investigation is the fact that the District Attorney could not find the church branch sister Inés Pérez belongs to, despite the fact that, for years, she has acted in representation of the Foundation, and is now accused of abusing minors from 2014 to 2017.
According to testimonies gathered by the District Attorney, victims showed clear signs of burns in their hands. Victims also claimed to have been forced to cut their hair, and even being made to put their heads inside toilets.
Despite the allegations, the District Attorney chose to let the women go free on account of their advanced age as well as the disabilities they suffer. However, the District Attorney ordered the city hall to close down the Foundation for the sake of all the abused children.