Child dies in hor­rific at­tack

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Alex Watkins

THE DEATH of an eight-yearold boy at the hands of masked men at his home in Elda is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Na­tional Po­lice.

Ac­cord­ing to news agen­cies Europa Press and EFE, po­lice sources said they have not ruled out that the vic­tim may also have been sex­u­ally abused in front of his fos­ter fa­ther’s girl­friend, who is sev­eral months preg­nant and was found tied to a chair with a bag on her head and cov­ered in bruises.

They said the woman and the boy had been leav­ing their home on Calle Don Qui­jote, in the mid­dle of the town cen­tre, at about 21.00 on Wed­nes­day when two men wear­ing crash hel­mets forced them back up­stairs.

A neigh­bour called the 112 emer­gency num­ber when she heard loud shout­ing and saw the door was half open but had not been forced

Medics found the boy sem­i­naked on the floor and in car­diac ar­rest but they were un­able to re­sus­ci­tate him and he died.

The po­lice in­di­cated that the cause of death will have to be deter­mined by an au­topsy but noted that the boy had not suf­fered any knife wounds.

At the time of the as­sault the boy’s fos­ter fa­ther was at work.

The woman was taken to Elda Hos­pi­tal in a se­ri­ous state of shock.

Based on her state­ment, po­lice are search­ing for the two peo­ple wear­ing crash hel­mets who they sus­pect car­ried out the at­tack.

The woman is be­lieved to be aged around 40.

When the boy’s fa­ther ar­rived home he suf­fered a break­down and started to beat the walls, un­til po­lice of­fi­cers took him away so he could be treated for his con­di­tion.

Elda mayor Rubén Al­faro de­clared a day’s mourn­ing yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) and said the town was ‘ in a state of shock’.

He noted that the fam­ily were ‘well known in Elda, re­lated to the world of sport and part of the so­cial fab­ric of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’.

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