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Mum discovers her baby is alive when she recognises her dimples at a children’s birthday party six years after being told she died in a house fire


A STUNNED mum discovered her baby was alive when she recognised her dimples – six years after being told she died in a house fire.

Luz Cuevas was so convinced the young girl was her daughter Delimar Vera she called her over claiming she had bubblegum in her so she could take a strand for DNA testing.

 Luz Cuevas has been reunited with daughter Delimar who she believed died in a house fire

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Luz Cuevas has been reunited with daughter Delimar who she believed died in a house fire

The mum had never believed her ten-day-old baby was killed in the blaze at her home in Philadelphia in 1997.

The tot had been sleeping in the upstairs front bedroom when a fire broke out but the cot was empty when Luz ran into the room.

Luz suffered burns on her face before becoming overcome by smoke and screamed at firefighters that her baby was stolen.

But her fears were dismissed as “nerves” – with cops concluding the baby’s remains had been incinterated in the flames.

 The baby had been sleeping in Luz's Philadelphia home when a blaze broke out

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The baby had been sleeping in Luz’s Philadelphia home when a blaze broke out
 Luz never believed her daughter was killed in the fire
Luz never believed her daughter was killed in the fire
 She recognised Delimar's dimples six years later

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She recognised Delimar’s dimples six years later

Six years later, Luz was at a party when she saw a dark-haired girl called Aaliyah with unmistakable dimples.

Luz used a cop trick she learnt on TV and offered to fix the girl’s for her – quickly pulling out several strands to send for testing.

Tests proved her mother’s instinct was right and the girl was the baby she was told had perished in the house fire.

Chillingly, Delimar Vera had been kidnapped by Luz’s cousin by marriage, Carolyn Correa, who set the fire to cover her tracks.

 Carolyn Correa kidnapped the baby as passed her off as her own

Philadelphia Police

Carolyn Correa kidnapped the baby as passed her off as her own

Correa is understood to have taken the child to live with her in New Jersey – raising her as her own.

She was charged with kidnapping, arson, assault, concealing the whereabouts of a child and interfering with the custody of a child and has now been jailed for between nine and 30 years.

Delimar said she is “happy” to be back at her “real home” with Luz.


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