Boy ‘beaten to death by mum and step-dad after eating sisters’ chocolates’
A four-year-old boy was allegedly beaten to death by his mum and stepdad for eating chocolates.
Mum Victoria Belen Godoy and stepdad Luis Alberto Gallo claimed their son, Renzo, "fell out of the bathtub" at their home in Berazategui District, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, causing the serious injuries that prompted them to seek medical help.
However, the tot was declared dead when he arrived at the health facility and an autopsy later suggested he was beaten.
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More bruises, not from the alleged beating, were also found.
Godoy and Gallo were taken into custody and accused of murder, with police suspecting Gallo beat Renzo for eating sweets he had bought for his stepdaughters.
Both parents are exercising their right to remain silent, local media reported, and are refusing to talk to police.
The pair had been together for about 14 months and lived together with Godoy's five children – a two month-old-boy, two girls and Renzo from one previous relationship, and a 10-year-old boy who was in their care from another relationship.
The alleged murder is understood to have been uncovered during a therapy session for Renzo's half-brother.
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He reportedly said Gallo told Renzo: "The Bon O Bons are for the girls."
The boy claimed Gallo had grabbed him by the throat and demanded to know who had eaten the sweets.
Renzo's aunt backed up the claims, telling local media: "When they ate the Bon O Bons, the stepfather grabbed the oldest son by the neck.
"He got scared and said it was Renzo. That's when he [Renzo] began to be beaten. The [half] brother saw everything."
"He was killed for eating a chocolate," Renzo's aunt added.
Renzo's paternal aunt, Daniela, posted to Facebook: "Victoria Godoy and Luis Gallo are murderers."
She added that family life had taken a dark turn when Godoy became involved with Gallo.
"That piece of trash didn't let my brother see his children for more than a year after she got together with that son of a b***h," she continued.
"Before, she would come and bring the four boys (including one who's not my brother's, but we still love him just the same) and she would leave them with my mum, saying, 'I can't stand them, you take care of them.'
"When she got together with that son of a b***h, she didn't let them come anymore, she didn't let us come and get them, she didn't let them celebrate their birthdays with us, with their cousins, nothing."
Daniela added that her mother and brother had both filed complaints against the couple after growing concerned about the treatment of their kids.
The Public Prosecutor's Office is also investigating if the couple subjected to children to forced labour.
Renzo's grandmother collected the boy's body on December 23 so he could be buried.
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