MEXICO CITY – The owner of a group home raided last week because of abuse and filthy conditions defended her 'tough love' approach, but acknowledged that things got out of control.
Seventy-nine-year-old Rosa Verduzco says "my strength was failing and there were things I couldn't keep an eye on."
Verduzco spoke with the Univision television network in an interview, excerpts of which were published Wednesday.
Verduzco said she hit children because it was part of disciplining them and showing affection for them.
But she denied there was a punishment cell at the shelter in the western state of Michoacan. Verduzco was detained but later released, because prosecutors said she showed signs of senility.
The home was raided July 15 and about 600 children and adults were rescued.