Reporting from Mexico City —
Paulette Gebara Farah, the 4-year-old girl whose disappearance and apparent asphyxiation death riveted Mexico this spring, died by accident in her bed, prosecutors said Friday.
The finding exonerates the girl's parents. They have been at the center of a media storm since Paulette, who suffered developmental disabilities, was found dead in her bed March 31, more than a week after she was reported missing. Investigators said the body had gone undetected during the initial search for the girl.
Alberto Bazbaz, attorney general for the state of Mexico, said his investigation concluded that Paulette died during the night after she turned herself around in bed and ended up at the foot.
The prosecutor sought to squelch one source of public speculation: the theory that someone may have someone planted Paulette's body there. He said forensic tests showed that the child died in her bed and her body had not been not moved. Bazbaz said the body showed no signs of foul play.