THE FATHER of an 11-year-old boy found dead in the mountainous area of Oza-Cesuras, northern Spain has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The father, who suffers psychiatric problems, was under a restraining order from the boy’s mother until 2013, having previously been charged with coercion and denounced for threatening behaviour.
The mother went to the police station in La Coruna on Sunday to report him missing. His father had been taking care of him over the weekend and failed to return him to his mother at the agreed time.
The National Police initiated a search for the boy and located the father in a hostel in Labanou 2km away.
The boy was found dead in a wooded area of Rodeiro de Oza on Monday night and his body was taken to the University Hospital Complex in La Coruna for an autopsy. Although analysis continues, sources indicate the boy received a blow to the head with a blunt object.
Pablo Gonzalez Cacheiro – Mayor of La Coruna confirmed officers have inspected the marital home in search of evidence, ‘I know the family and I am here with them. It is hard to know what to say in these cases and even harder to believe that an 11-year-old boy has lost his life.’
At a press conference, Rocio Fraga – Councillor for Equality and Diversity of the City of La Coruna, described the death of the boy as a ‘clear case of domestic violence’ where a parent uses the child to attack their partner.
The City Council of La Coruna suspended municipal events and declared two days of official mourning for the boy, who was a student of the San Francisco Javier school, where his mother works.