Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub-Editor: Joana Mihajlovska, Agency: Newsflash
This young mother has been sentenced to life in prison for killing her three-year-old son and throwing his body in a river.
Ana Cecilia Gomez was sentenced by the Jujuy Provincial Court in the Argentine province of Jujuy on 9th December.
Gomez was found guilty of killing her three-year-old son Alexis Mamani in their home in the neighbourhood of Florida in the settlement of Palpala located in the Argentine province of Jujuy on 19th March 2018.
According to reports, the toddler was viciously beaten over the head with a large rock before being suffocated.
His body was then thrown into the Rio Grande (Big River) where it was carried for 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) before it was discovered the following day (20 March).
Two witnesses claimed to have seen Gomez leaving her home carrying a bundle covered with a blanket on the day of the incident.
A call to a local taxi company asking for an immediate car was among the evidence used to convict the defendant.
Gomez took the stand for around 30 minutes where she maintained her innocence while making contradictory claims in hope of securing a more favourable verdict, according to local media.
The defendant reportedly showed no mercy for her actions and only appeared upset at the thought of spending so many years behind bars.
According to the newspaper TN, the reason behind the vicious murder is unclear, but experts said Gomez has psychopathic traits after undergoing an evaluation. (https://bit.ly/39VIbhg)
The report added that she has another son named Joel Mamani who is also a minor and is now expected to be placed in the care of his biological father.
One of the prosecutors said: “It will remain solely on her conscience why she did it”.
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