The 17-day-old girl was found in a ravine in January this year, in the San Bartolomé de Pinllo area of the town of Ambato, and although she was still alive, she died upon arrival at the hospital.
A court in the city of the province of Tungurahua, in central Ecuador, sentenced a mother to 25 years in prison who abandoned her newborn daughter in a creek, causing her death three days later, when she was found by an athlete.
This was reported this Thursday 19-N by the State Attorney General’s Office, which in a statement explains that the exceptional sentence was applied for “abandonment and death” of the newborn.
“The Tungurahua Criminal Guarantees Court sentenced Alexandra AP as responsible for the crime and imposed the aggravated penalty of twenty-five years of deprivation of liberty,” the statement said.
The 17-day-old baby was found in a creek in January this year, in the San Bartolomé de Pinllo area of the town of Ambato, and although she was still alive, she died upon arrival at the hospital.
At the trial hearing, the prosecutor Mabel Díaz demonstrated that the death of the girl was due to “a multi-organ failure due to the conditions in which she was abandoned, which caused the development of larvae in her eyes and private parts.”
Among the evidence provided during the trial were “messages from the social network Facebook, in which the sentenced woman today acknowledges her participation in the act.”
The newborn was found on January 19 wrapped in a blanket by a citizen who practiced sports activities near the Lacón stream.
According to the statement, she was rescued still alive and transferred by Fire Department personnel and police officers to Ambato Teaching Hospital, but died upon arrival.
“The girl would have spent three full days in the creek. The defendant would have lost contact with her parents from that date and when she resumed it, they noticed that she no longer had her newborn daughter, so they notified ECU 911”, adds the Press release.
It was the Specialized Police for Children and Adolescents (Dinapen), in coordination with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which located the woman, detained “after having recognized her baby and her participation in the alleged act.”
The crime of abandonment of persons is typified in article 153, third paragraph, of the Comprehensive Organic Criminal Code (COIP), and although it determines a custodial sentence of sixteen to nineteen years, in this case the Ecuadorian Justice applied aggravating circumstances, for which imposed 25 years in prison.