Parents held in death of tot from a series of blows

Two parents were detained as agents investigate the beating death of their 14-day-old child.

The death took place July 1. The baby had the last names of Esquivel Garro. The child lived with his mother, identified by the last name of Garro, in Alajuelita. The woman told investigators that she heard the child crying and saw that he was ill and called 911. The baby died in the Hospital Nacional de Niños.

An autopsy showed that the baby died from multiple blows to the body, especially the head, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. The child was characterized as being a victim of battered child syndrome

The father of the child works in a hospital for persons with mental problems, and the mother works with children, agents said.

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