Judge in Los Chiles places young mother of tortured tot into detention

A judge has remanded a 16-year-old mother into detention in the wake of the death of her 2 year old. The stepfather, an adult, was jailed earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, the Patronato Nacional de Infancia, the child welfare organization, has renewed its call for citizens to report suspected cases of child abuse.

Autopsy reports on the 2 year old suggest that in addition to being beaten, the tot was tortured with pins and needles over a prolonged period.

The child was pronounced dead Monday at the Hospital de Los Chiles near the Nicaraguan border.

A 5-month-old brother of the dead child has been placed into Patronato custody.

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