A tragic event shocked the community in Balcarce, Buenos Aires province, when a man committed suicide after killing his 3-year-old son. According to what could be reconstructed from judicial information, the father of the child, who had someone who had an approach restriction order, argued strongly with his former partner and the child’s mother before the tragedy unfolded. The woman then had to be admitted to the local hospital, in a delicate state of health but without risk of losing her life, according to the prosecutor in charge of the investigation.
The clock indicated 6:00 p.m. when, in a house on Kelly Avenue between 23rd and 25th streets, the man, surnamed Farias, around 35 years old, arrived to visit his son, who had just had an illness. The boy had to be hospitalized until this Wednesday and once he was discharged he left the hospital. Although the couple had a mutual restraining order for gender-based violence, the woman with the surname Domenico, about 33 years old, agreed to let him go to the home.
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Due to circumstances that are still unknown, both would have argued and he would have hit her, leaving her unconscious. Then, she would have unloaded her fury against the child. A few seconds later, seeing what he had caused, believing that he had also killed his ex-partner, the man took his own life by hanging himself in the attic of the house, according to the La Plata site 0223.
After the violent event, the woman reacted, activated the panic button she was carrying and went out into the street with her son in her arms in search of help. Immediately neighbors came and, while calling an ambulance, they performed CPR maneuvers on him.
At the same time they managed to alert a police mobile, which was able to verify that the child already had few vital signs. The minor was immediately taken to the hospital where he eventually died.
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For her part, his mother had to be hospitalized and is out of danger, although it is believed that, due to the state of shock and sedation, she is unaware of her son’s death. Simultaneously, the authorities returned to the woman’s home and found that the man had taken her own life.
According to local media reports, the representative of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Balcarce, Rodolfo Moure, acknowledged that it would be a qualified homicide, attempted femicide and suicide. Although the completion of the expert reports of the scientific police is expected.
At the same time, the prosecutor reported that the minor’s body will be analyzed to determine how he lost his life. In addition, Moure explained that the restraining order of the Justice of the Peace would have expired on October 4 last and specified that the man did not live in the residence where the terrible event took place.
Consulted by possible witnesses to what happened, the professional acknowledged that there were people who heard screams and noises but that no one witnessed the tragic event. The testimony of neighbors is expected to contribute to the investigation. The case shocks the town of 45,000 inhabitants located south of the province of Buenos Aires, about 71 kilometers from Mar del Plata.
Farías and Domenico had been separated for approximately 1 year and 6 months. In previous circumstances, she had already filed several complaints at the Women and Family Police Station and that is why she had an anti-panic button in her possession.