Child’s death draws attention to protection agency

The nation’s child protection agency is starting to receive some scrutiny in the wake of the death of a 3 month old Wednesday.

Officials disclosed Thursday that the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia, the child protection agency, had already received a complaint about the same household.

The complaint originated with the biological father of two of the children in the family. He was not living with the mother and complained about the treatment one of his daughters received at the hands of the mother’s new companion.

The biological father of the 3 month old,  Ronald Jacob Esquivel Rojas, is being investigated for the physical damage inflicted on the child.

The baby, Videl Esquivel Cubillo. suffered a fractured skull and broken bones in the legs and arms, judicial agents reported.

Officials disclosed that the Patronato workers overlooked the fact that the suspect already was under investigation and facing trial in a separate child beating case.

The case was a topic of criticism at the legislature Thursday.

Legislator  Lorelly Trejos demanded more protection for children. She said that 31 boys or girls suffered similar deaths in the last year. And some 1.970 children have been treated this year at the Hospital Nacional de Niños for what appears to have been aggression by an adult.

In other cases know to reporters, investigators of the Patronato have failed to follow up on complaints or declined to visit some homes because they were in crime-ridden areas.

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