AN eight-year-old boy was murdered and a pregnant woman tied up and beaten in Elda.
A concerned neighbour heard a loud scream from the apartment where the boy lived.
She went to investigate and finding the front door half-open, decided to enter the property.
The neighbour was confronted by the boy’s half-naked body lying on the floor and the woman, who is eight months pregnant,beaten, bound and gagged.
The neighbour immediately called emergency services who, arriving at the scene, tried to resuscitate the child without success.
The woman was taken to Hospital General Universitario de Elda – Virgen de la Salud.
The boy lived with his legal guardian and his partner in the apartment in the centre of Elda.
According to early but unconfirmed reports, there are suspicions that the child could have been sexually abused and the 40-year-old woman, who is deaf-mute, raped.
The investigation is focusing on two men wearing motorcycle helmets who met the woman and child on the landing.
As there were no signs of forced entry and nothing was missing from the apartment, investigators have ruled out robbery but many questions remain to be answered, police sources said