"Grab, because he killed or wants to kill the daughter," they heard a woman screaming at the locals of Florencio Varela's Buenos Aires neighborhood last Saturday. The woman screamed as she chased another one running with a baby wrapped in a blanket. One of the neighbors ran off and intercepted the street he was fleeing to, but it was too late. The 23-month-old girl had a livid face and was dead. According to local media, when the police arrived, the alleged aggressor, identified as Karina Gomez, confessed the crime: "I killed her, that's it, I made sure." He couldn't feed him, now he's not going to suffer anymore. I couldn't stand this situation anymore, I'm very tired.
Attempts to revive her failed and the baby was rushed to a medical facility, where they certified her death. As he has transcended, the mother suffocated her daughter with a pillow and placed socks on her hands so she wouldn't scratch her while preventing her from breathing. It's not known if he had any mental problems.
The prosecutor charged Gómez for "aggravated homicide by the link" and moved to the women's police station in the city of Quilmes, 21 kilometres south of Buenos Aires. The woman lived with her sister, had no job and her only income was a government subsidy.
28.6% of poverty almost one in three Argentines live under the poverty line and 6.2% are indigent, that is, they do not have enough income to cover family spending on food. However, in many vulnerable neighborhoods they operate popular eateries-mostly in the hands of social organizations-that guarantee a plate of food to the one who approaches them.
Two years ago, another case also shocked Argentina. Claudia Ayala, 22, was detained accused of killing her two-year-old son, who was found dead and dismembered on the outskirts of Ostend, about 380 kilometres south of Buenos Aires. At first, the police believed that the child had died from asphyxiation, but the autopsy concluded that he died of a blow to the nape of the neck.
Both cases are extreme, but attacks on children and adolescents in Argentina are more frequent than they seem. Between September 2013 and September 2015, the telephone line empowered by the National Women's Council received 1,796 calls to denounce various forms of violence against children and adolescents, according to UNICEF's report an analysis of the data from The 144 line on cases of gender-related violence. "Being a problem that usually occurs in the private sphere, it is a challenge for the state to detect it in time and prevent it from occurring," says the UN agency.
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