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Detainee For The Murder Of A Child In Lardero

Witnesses to Lardero's crime: "She came out with the child in her arms, saying that she had fainted."

The Judicial Police of the Civil Guard in La Rioja has continued this Saturday with the investigation into the murder of Álex , a 9-year-old boy from Lardero for which a 54-year-old man has been arrested and whose crime has shocked this municipality Riojan.

The arrested person, Francisco Javier Almeida López de Castro , had been on probation since April 2020 after being sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder and sexual assault of a real estate agent in the Riojan capital in 1998, a sentence he was serving in August 2023. In addition, in 1993 he was sentenced to 7 years in prison for another sexual assault.

According to sources in the investigation, the man may have taken Alex thinking that she was a girl because he was disguised and that could confuse the alleged murderer, reports El Correo .

A child lays flowers at a rally in the park where a 9-year-old boy was kidnapped last night, October 29, 2021, in Lardero, La Rioja
This was also pointed out by a father from the town of La Rioja: “He had only tried with girls, so I don’t know if he was wrong and he thought it was a girl”, since “he was disguised as the exorcist’s girl .” According to this father, Alex “was a very affectionate child who liked the theater”, to such an extent that on the day of his disappearance “he was telling stories to the little ones, to those four or five years old.”

Regarding the alleged perpetrator of the events, he has indicated that “last week the children took a photo of him pointing out that he was the one who had tried to take a girl, including mine” but “he is 12 years old and he said no” to the proposal to “go up to his house to help him clean a cage of birds”.

“Then he tried with a smaller one, but he ran away , and nothing happened,” he added, although “he came closer to us, we had no idea that he had been in jail, but we took the children more close, because you cannot rebuke a person because he is on a bench in a park, “he stressed.

Susana Torres, mother of a 7-year-old girl whom the alleged murderer had invited to his house on another occasion without success, also believes that the detainee could take the child because he was disguised as a girl and has insisted that he had already tried to kidnap other minors, apart from his own daughter.

“The girl is 7 years old and I hope this will soon be erased from her memory . I just want her to get out of school, be with her and see how she spent the morning with her classmates,” he stressed.

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