Saturday, 10 August 2013
MEXICAN COUPLES ACCUSED OF BEATING FOUR OLD NIECE TO DEATH BECAUSE HE COULDNT COUNT
A Mexican couple have been accused of beating a four-year-old boy to death because he couldn't count.
The child, named by police as Raúl Antonio, was allegedly beaten in by his aunt and uncle till he showed no signs of life, in Ecatepec, in the suburbs of Mexico City, on Tuesday.
MarÌa Guadalupe Tovar Hernández, 33, and Guillermo Delgadillo Becerra, 43, confessed to killing Raúl and dumping his tiny dead body on waste ground, a statement from Ecatepec police said.
Confession: MarÌa Guadalupe Tovar Hernández, 33, (left) and Guillermo Delgadillo Becerra, 43, (right) have admitted killing four-year-old Raúl Antonio by violently beating him as punishment for not being able to count to 10
The young boy had been abandoned by his mother and was then raised by his aunt and uncle -- his two legal guardians.
According to his aunt, the boy had been living with them in the Guadalupe La Venta colony in Ecatepec, Mexico and she claimed that Raul had left the home and had not returned.
The couple originally reported Raúl Antonio as missing. Officials began investigating the couple when their original statements contained details that did not match.
The aunt and uncle on Wednesday admitted that Raúl Antonio was beaten the day before, as punishment for not knowing how to count to 10.
They revealed in their confession that they were beating him to discipline him. When Raúl failed to show signs of life, they realised he had died.
They then moved the body to an abandoned lot in Chapultepec, a neighboring town to Ecatepec.
Police in Ecatepec City investigated the location described by the couple where they found the lifeless body of Raúl Antonio, reports El Universal.
María Guadalupe Tovar Hernández and Guillermo Delgadillo Becerra have been detained by the authorities of Ecatepec and murder charges have been filed.
Physical punishment as a means to discipline children has become increasingly frowned upon by the international community.
The United Nations Committee on the rights of the Child called for ending physical punishment in 2006 stating that it "legalized violence against children" and it should be eliminated via "legislative, administrative, social and educational measures."