Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
The 11-year-old boy who was raped repeatedly by four brothers who gave him HIV has died in hospital.
The boy – who was in hospital in Santa Cruz, Bolivia – went into a coma and suffered two cardiac arrests.
Doctors managed to revive him after the first heart attack but were unable to save his life after the second.
He died on Saturday, 11th June.
The case shocked his homeland and the boy’s death prompted the country’s president, Luis Arce, to take to social media to demand justice.
President Arce wrote: “We express our deepest pain at the departure of the little boy in Yapacani.
“This tragic outcome cannot go unpunished, it is inconceivable to accept so much evil against an innocent child.
“To his family, all our support and our deepest condolences.”
The shocking case had only come to light the previous weekend, after the boy’s mother demanded justice for the more than two years of sex abuse her son had been subjected to by four brothers who were neighbours to the family.
Two of the alleged aggressors are 15- and 17-year-old minors, while the other two are 23 and 28 years old.
The eldest of the four brothers died of AIDS last year.
A group of residents from the boy’s hometown, Yapacani, showed up at the court where one of the alleged aggressors was present last Wednesday (8th June).
After breaching security, they beat him up. He was later sent to the Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz.
One of the minors is now in a juvenile court and will be kept in custody at the Cenvicruz rehabilitation centre.
The other minor is believed to have fled to Chile.
The boy only told of the horrors he had suffered when he was first found to be infected with HIV, last year.
He identified his aggressors and his family went to the police.
The boy said he was repeatedly raped by the brothers – who were his neighbours, with whom he went to play – for more than two years.