Mexican police have arrested two suspects over the murder of a seven-year-old girl who was collected from school by a stranger and found dead in a bin days later after being tortured.
Schoolgirl Fatima Cecilia Aldriguett Anton had been waiting for her mum to collect her from her school in the central Mexican capital Mexico City, but another woman showed up and led the girl away by her hand.
This CCTV footage shows the female suspect walking along the street with the young girl.
The girl was reported as missing on 11th February and her body was found in the municipality of Tlahuac inside a rubbish bag in a wheelie bin four days later, according to local media.
Mexico City government head Claudia Sheinbaum has confirmed the arrest of two suspects, identified as Mario Alberto Reyes Najera and Gladis Giovana Cruz Hernandez.
The pair was arrested in a village in the state of Mexico by local police and officers of the National Guard, according to reports.
They were identified after a reported raid on a house in the municipality of Xochimilco in Mexico City where the female suspect lived.
During the raid, officers reportedly found blood marks and clothes that belonged to the young victim as well as documents linked to her parents, according to local media.
Reports also said there was evidence in the property to suggest that the two suspects were in a romantic relationship.
It is also believed that the couple used to live in a property that was owned by the victim’s family and therefore it is likely that the girl knew the woman when she picked her up from school.
Local media said that the girl’s mother Maria Magdalena Anton met Cruz Hernandez at a party and that she ended up living in the home for a short period.
Prosecutors said the case is being investigated as a femicide.
The suspects have been sent to undergo medical tests before appearing in front of the judge who ordered their arrest.
The investigation continues.
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