|Born||Paulette Gebara Farah
20 July 2005
|Died||22 March 2010
|Cause of death||Asphyxia by obstruction of the nasal cavities and thorax-abdominal compression|
|Resting place||Panteón Francés (2010–2017) remains exhumed and cremated in 2017|
Paulette Gebara Farah (20 July 2005 – 22 March 2010) was a four-year-old Mexican female child with physical disability and language disorder who was found dead in her own room in her family's home in Huixquilucan, State of Mexico, on 31 March 2010.
Paulette presumptly disappeared from her home on 22 March 2010, her family began a campaign through media, advertisements, and social networks to find Paulette. Paulette's body was “accidentally” found in her own room wrapped in sheets between the mattress of her bed and the foot, the same place where her mother had offered interviews, experts came from various agencies and even dogs trained to find the whereabouts of the girl. However, no one noticed the existence of the corpse, until it was discovered on March 31 due to the smell of putrefaction. Her death was ruled "accidental" by Alberto Bazbaz, attorney general for the state of Mexico, who said his investigation concluded that Paulette died during the night after she turned herself around in bed, ended up at the foot, and died by a suffocation described as "mechanical asphyxia by obstruction of the nasal cavities and thorax-abdominal compression".
Paulette's body was buried at Panteón Francés in Mexico City in 2010, before her remains were exhumed and cremated on May 3, 2017, after authorities considered that the remains were no longer objects of evidence for the investigation of the case.
On the night of Sunday 21 March 2010, Paulette arrived from Valle de Bravo to her home, located in Huixquilucan, accompanied by her sister and her father, Mauricio Gebara. The mother of the girls, Lizette Farah, awaited their arrival to tuck them in and prepare them for sleep, she did so and it was the last day she saw little Paulette.
The next morning, Erika, one of Paulette's two nannies, came to wake her up to take her to school and noticed her disappearance; she notified Mrs. Lizette and began the search in the building located on Hacienda del Cuervo street. Mauricio Gebara notified his sister of the disappearance of her daughter, who informed the authorities of Huixquilucan of the case, later, the mayor notified the Attorney General of State of Mexico.
Paulette didn't appear, her family had searched throughout the apartment and the building. There were no signs of theft or kidnapping, the plates were intact, as were the windows and all access to the home. The housing complex had surveillance, but nobody saw anything, she couldn't go out alone, they said, because she had a motor and language disability.
In the afternoon, the Attorney General of the State of Mexico disseminated a poster with a photo of Paulette and some data that gave account of their age, appearance and physical deficiencies. The aunt of Paulette, Arlette Farah, sent mails and uploaded the photo of the girl to social networks, where the news spread with great speed and netizens unleashed a massive search. In the evening, Lizette Farah called the alleged abductor, asked that her daughter be returned to her that she be left in a shopping center or a crowded place and assured, on television, that there would be no reprisals. Lizzete did not cry, but she looked nervous in the videos. After the notification, she distributed flyers with Paulette's face, she ordered to put spectaculars, advertisements on television and public transport.
Mauricio also appeared in the media asking to be returned to his daughter, he remembered that he had gone out to work on the morning of Monday, 22 March, when Paulette had apparently disappeared. On March 29, The Attorney General of the State of Mexico announced that Mauricio Gebara and Lizette Farah, parents of Paulette, as well as the sisters Erika and Martha Casimiro, Paulette's nannies, would be rooted in falsehoods and inconsistencies in the statements.
"Each one of them at a certain moment have falsified their statements, which has made it difficult to know the truth of the facts and clarify a firm line of investigation," said then Attorney Alberto Bazbaz.
On March 30, Paulette's parents spent a few hours at the Procuraduría Mexiquense and then they were transferred to a hotel where they would fulfill their roots, that same day, experts from the unit placed blankets at the home to carry out the reconstruction of the events with the presence of the parents.
On March 31 at around 2:00 am, the body of Paulette was found dead in her own bedroom, where previously experts had come with trained dogs and where the mother of the girl had given interviews. Paulette had died of an accident by "mechanical asphyxia due to obstruction of the nasal cavities and thorax-abdominal compression", said Alberto Bazbaz.
An autopsy revealed that Paulette have eaten food at least five hours before her death, another point that indicates the report regarding the external appearance is that the corpse had two segments of rectangular adhesive cloth in vertical position on both cheeks, in addition to signs of a blow to the left elbow and knee, the findings also revealed that in the body of the child missing on 22 March and who was found dead on 30 March at night, there were no signs of physical or sexual violence. The same necropsy established that her death was recorded between five and nine days before the analysis was made, which was reported on 31 March.
On April 3, Paulette's mother, Lizette Farah, initiated an amparo proceeding against the arraigo as she claimed that she had not intervened in the events that caused her daughter's death. Specialists indicated that the woman suffered from personality disorders. During the procedure, Mrs. Farah became subject to indictment. On April 4: A judge granted freedom to Paulette's parents and nannies. Mauricio Gebara left the hotel where he was staying at 10:20; Lizette Farah, main suspect, at 11:00 hours, and nannies Erika and Martha Casimiro, at the noon time. None could leave the country because the inquiries continued. On April 5: in separate interviews, Mauricio Gebara and Lizette Farah entered into a war of verbal accusations, while Lizette claimed that her husband blamed her for Paulette's death, he said that the death could not have been just an accident and that he could not put his hands in the fire for his wife.
On April 6, Paulette's body was buried at Panteón Francés in Mexico City, the funeral procession was headed by the girl's mother; the Gebara family did not go to the burial for an "agreement".
On April 7, The Gebara family denied Lizette Farah to see her other daughter, Lizette, seven years old, who stayed with her father's family since Sunday, April 4. On May 10, The Attorney General of the Federal District, who also collaborated in the case at the request of her counterpart in the State of Mexico, granted the custody of Paulette's sister to her mother, Lizzette Farah, who brought a complaint against her husband demanding custody of the girl. On May 26, although Alberto Bazbaz defended the investigation and conclusions of the case, he resigned his position as head of the Attorney General of the State of Mexico saying that a Procuraduría needs confidence to act effectively and the dependency to his office had lost it due to the questioning of his actions in the investigation of the death of Paulette Gebara Farah.
More than seven years later on May 3, 2017, Paulette's body was exhumed from her grave and cremated since authorities considered that her remains were no longer objects of evidence for the investigation of the case.
Paulette's nannies Ericka and Martha Casimiro, ensured that the girl's body was not under her mattress, with Casimiro stating;
"I looked in the bathroom, under the bed and in the closet, I saw that she was not there and I also went into the bedroom of the Mrs. to look for the other bedroom of the girl (it refers to the room of the older sister of Paulette, Lisset of 7 years) and from there we started looking for her again, and I went back to look for her in the bedroom", said Martha Casimiro Cesáreo, with 35 years old.
And Ericka stating;
"In fact, if it had been like that, I think we would have noticed, since thousands of people came to look for it, the bed was made, which I never saw the mattress pulled back, I did not see a bundle or anything, either It does not make sense to me that the body could have been there since Monday", she said.
During the investigation of the case, a recording between the mother of Paulette, Lizette, and her then 7 year older sister with the same name as her mother was released in which she recommends her daughter to don't say anything of Paulette's disappearance so they were not be blamed, with the following words:
"Little Lizette asks, 'why mom?' and she replies, 'because otherwise they are not going to blame us for stealing her or that you to take her away to be stolen.'"
At first Lizette denied this saying that the recording was ed so it sound like if she was saying her other daughter to hide any information, but later she accept this were the words she said to her sating "I had the conversation with my daughter, but not in the context they showed it."
In 2010 via YouTube, a video entitled 'El extraño caso de la pijama de Paulette' (Spanish for: 'The strange case of Paulette's pajamas') with photographs of her body dressed in pajamas with reindeer figures, taken by experts and disseminated in some media, seconds later, they show a video of an interview with the mother of the little girl made by the program Hechos de Fuerza Informativa Azteca in which the same pajamas appear on the girl's bed.