Horror as a mother is raped and assaulted by two men who beat her four-year-old son to death with a stone and left her for death in Argentina
- Maria Subelza, 44, survived by pretending to be dead after the brutal attack
- She had walked on a beach in Puerto Deseado with her son Santino
- The police arrested a man, 24 and a 16-year-old teenager on suspicion of murder
A mother was raped and her four-year-old son was beaten to death while walking on a beach in Argentina.
Maria Subelza, 44, was pelted with stones by the attackers before being raped by one of the men, while the other held a knife against her little boy, Santino.
They were then both battered with stones and left for dead on Cueva de los Leones beach in the town of Puerto Deseado around Friday at 4 p.m.
Mrs. Subelza survived the brutal attack by pretending to be dead, but her child died of head injury.
Maria Subelza, 44, was raped and her little boy Santino was beaten to death in Argentina
Maria Subelza, 44, (right) was raped while her little boy Santino (left) was beaten to death
The police have arrested a 24-year-old man and a 16-year-old teenager on suspicion of murder.
Mrs. Subelza is recovering from head injury in the hospital.
She lives in Rosario de la Frontera, in Salta, with her husband Celso, a carpenter, more than 1,800 miles away from where she was attacked and visited her oldest son who lives there.
Mr. Celso said: “I don’t know what to do. I’m very injured. She went for a walk, she loved going to the coast to walk with the boy.
‘I can not believe it.’
The horrific rape and murder have led to protests in Argentina where women’s rights activists are arguing for justice.
Local media reported that Mrs. Subelza identified the arrested 24-year-old, who was not named, and said she recognized his face and voice.
The 16-year-old was arrested after witnesses said they saw him on the beach near the time of the attack.
Maria Subelza (right) recovers in hospital after the attack in which her little boy Santino (left) was beaten to death when they took a beach walk on Friday
Santino Subelza, four, was beaten to death while his mother was raped in a crime that shocked Argentina and fueled protests by women’s rights activists