EL SALVADOR (FOX NEWS) - A Texas couple was reunited with their biological son late Monday after DNA tests confirmed that the child had been switched with another baby soon after he was born in an El Salvador hospital.
Richard Cushworth and Mercedes Casanellas feared their child could have been sold to human traffickers after they realized that the child they had been given to bring home to Dallas had darker skin.
Mercedes Casanellas, a native of El Salvador, gave birth to a baby boy in her home country back in May. Pictures released by the family showed her cuddling a light-skinned baby who was named Jacob. However, when Casanellas was released from the hospital after a day-and-a-half, she was given a different baby.
"When they brought her baby to her, she told them 'this isn't my baby,'" Aaron Beishline, a friend of Cushworth, told Dallas TV station WFAA. "And they said, 'Oh yeah this is your baby.' She said, 'Well, this baby isn't the same color as my baby.' (They responded), 'Oh well babies change color.'''