Long search for missing tot has grim end in Ciudad Colón

Agents and forensic experts prepare to remove the body of Juan Manuel Barquero. Photo: Judicial Investigating Organization

A mother faces an allegation that she took her 3 year old from the care of his grandmother and then killed him.

This was the outcome Friday of a case in which police and others were seeking the child.

The woman was reported to have psychiatric problems. The family has a long list of judicial cases where the woman sought protection from the father and the father sought protection from the mother, said the Poder Judicial.

It was March 9 when the mother appears to have taken the child from the home of the grandmother where he had been staying temporarily. That was in Guararí de Heredia. The Judicial Investigating Organization identified her as Ericka Madrigal Soto. The child was identified as Juan Manuel Barquero.

A few days later, the mother was located wandering in a disoriented state in Puntarenas. She said that someone had stolen the child from her in Ciudad Colón. That is where the search was centered. Eventually investigators located an informant who said the woman was seen entering a wooded area with the child and emerged alone.

With that information Friday agents were able to locate the small body.

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