By Euro Weekly News Media • 23 June 2011 • 17:13
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A WOMAN is standing trial in Barcelona, accused of drugging her baby and allowing a friend to kill the child. The baby was born in April 2007, and during the first few months, the accused, who was 18 at the time, was supported by her own mother and the older woman’s partner.
However, although she had no interest in her son, she left the house with him and went to live with her step-sister, and later with her father, whom she hadn’t seen for 11 years. She failed to take care of the baby, and her mother asked for social services to intervene.
The young mother was given an appointment which she never attended. In the following months, she allegedly gave her son cocaine on several occasions and beat him brutally, causing him bruising to the head, chest and buttocks.
On January 19, 2008, as on other occasions, she left her son with a male friend, who is also on trial, so she could go out on the town. In the early hours of the morning, she returned to his home and found her baby was not moving and was cold, but she went back out with her friends.
The prosecutor claims that the man who was left in charge of the baby beat him, and lifted him up before letting him fall from a height, which killed him. The mother is facing 20 years and eight months in prison for murder through negligence, bodily harm, habitual violence, and crimes against public health. The man is facing 20 years for murder and abuse.
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