Mirror UK By Gerard Couzens & Stephen Jones Wed., Dec.14, 2016
Four people have been arrested for allegedly torturing a 12-year-old boy to death – after wrongly believing he had raped five-year-old girl.
The victim was tied to a chair and beaten for several hours with a hammer before being stabbed and then finally suffocated with a plastic bag and cushion.
Local reports said the boy was targeted after the five-year-old’s older sister told her parents she had been sexually assaulted by him.
Medical experts who have examined the little girl have since ruled out any suggestion she had been raped.
The three men and one woman – including the girl’s parents – were arrested in Chile and appeared before a court where the state prosecutor outlined the harrowing details of the case.
The victim was an orphan who sold calendars at a bus station to make money for food and slept on-and-off at a children’s home.
It’s claimed the unnamed boy was tortured for around 10-12 hours before he died.
The four people being held – her parents and neighbours named locally as Johana Mora Villagran, Pablo Morales Correa, Abraham Brava Palma and Victor Chanqueo Mora – are already said to have confessed to the horrific crime in Temuco in southern Chile.
The suspects were remanded in prison after the court hearing on Tuesday morning while the judicial investigation continues.
State prosecutor Roberto Garrido revealed in court that two of the men had tracked the boy down.
They allegedly took him to a property belonging to another of the suspects before tying him up and assaulting him.
Mr Garrido said the torture continued when the property owner arrived with the female suspect.
The youngster is said to have been killed around 5am on Monday – some 10 hours after his ordeal began.
Mr Garrido told the court: “One of the suspects facilitated the place where the boy was assaulted and others actively participated in the aggression.
“The parents of the girl killed him. But there was a joint action here, a joint will to assault this boy.”
The youngster suffered multiple injuries including several broken bones.
His body was discovered hidden under a bed covered with a blanket, hours after he was killed.
Local police chief Victor Ruiz said all four detainees had confessed.
He said: “From statements we have taken and an examination of the scene, we believe the body had been hidden with the idea of disposing of over the following hours, but they didn’t have time to carry it out.”