A 6-month-old baby girl whose mother said she had been kidnapped was found dead in a water tank in the yard of the family's home in a town on the Colombian border, the Venezuelan Attorney General's Office said Thursday.

The body of the child was found on Wednesday night in a water tank at the parents' residence in Pregonero, a rural town in Tachira state, and "it showed signs of violence," said the AG's office in a communique.

The find came after the police had taken a statement from the women that morning that the child had been kidnapped by "several people who entered the home, tied her up, beat her and later took (the baby)."

Regional prosecutor Olga Utrera is coordinating the activities of police investigators "to learn the truth in the case and ... to determine the corresponding criminal responsibilities," the statement said. EFE