A two-year-old boy was left with horrific injuries after being whipped by a woman as punishment for breaking her cell phone case, police say.
The boy was in painful pain and imagined crying with cuts and marks on his face and back after being hit.
An investigation was launched after the photos went viral on social media.
The boy was attacked with a metal wire or stick after breaking a woman’s credit card and damaging her phone case, his sister claimed.
The incident took place in the town of Warnes near the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, when the victim was left in the care of his 13-year-old sister in their rented home while their mother was at work.
The suspect has been identified as the landlord’s niece, local media reported.
At least two arrests have taken place.
The woman accused the toddler of breaking the credit card and damaging her cell phone case and hit it with a metal wire or stick, the teenage sister said.
Images of the boy’s injuries were widely shared on social media.
This prompted Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo to call for a full investigation.
Social security officer Glen Antelo claimed there had been some friction between the niece and the children in the past.
The boy’s family receives psychological and legal help with the sexual assault.
Del Castillo said the suspect has been arrested.
Another woman, whose identity has not been disclosed, has also been detained in connection with the alleged sexual assault.
The investigation continues.