Prosecutors in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua, stated that a group of youths aged 11 to 15 tortured, killed and buried a 6-year-old boy as part of what they considered “playing.”
A statement by the Chihuahua state prosecutors’ office says the minors admitted Thursday’s May 14th killing in a poor neighborhood of the state capital.
It says two 13-year-old girls, an 11-year-old boy and two 15-year-olds caught Cristopher Raymundo Martinez, tied him up, nearly asphyxiated him with a bar, stoned him and then stabbed him in the back. After this torture, they buried the 6-year-old in a shallow grave. The body was not found until Saturday May 16th.
The prosecutors’ statement expresses concern over a killing that shows “social decomposition” and an “absence of values.”
The five minors who confessed the murder of the 6-year-old boy, are facing, because of their ages, confinement in shelters or juvenile detention centers, Chihuahua state Attorney General Jorge Enrique Gonzalez said on Tuesday May 19th.
In an interview with Imagen Radio, Gonzalez said that in legal terms criminal penalties can only be assessed against the two minors who are over 15, but the others, ranging in age from 11 to 13, cannot be charged.
The youngsters, apparently, were “playing” at being kidnappers with the 6-year-old except that, when they tied him up, they then hit him with stones and stabbed him with a knife, later burying him and placing a dead dog on top of the grave to hide the corpse’s smell.
The case has shocked Mexican society.
For the three youngsters who can’t be prosecuted, Gonzalez said that he had asked children’s services to return them to their parents’ custody and that they be taken to a shelter, a “little jail.”
“It’s where I think they should be,” he said.
“In the case of the two 15-year-olds, they could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years in a juvenile detention center“, regional prosecutor Sergio Almaraz said Monday.
As the attorney general said on Tuesday, the boys’ initial explanation was that “it was part of a game.”
He also said that several of the kids involved in the killing had been cited in the past for minor acts of vandalism in their town.
Chihuahua, which borders Texas, is one of Mexico’s most violent states, mainly as a result of turf battles among rival drug cartels and organized crime groups.
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