A woman is accused of brutally beating a two-year-old boy after breaking a credit card and phone case.
The toddler’s attack is now being investigated after photos of the little boy’s wounds began circulating on social media.
The alleged incident took place in the town of Warnes near the Bolivian town of Santa Cruz, when the victim was left in the care of his sister in their rented home.
According to local reports, the suspect in the crime has been identified as the landlady’s niece Lizeth.
She is said to have accused the toddler of breaking her credit card and damaging her cell phone case and beating him with a metal wire or a stick, according to the boy’s teenage sister.
Images of the shocking injuries were widely shared on social media, prompting Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo to demand a full investigation.
Social security officer Glen Antelo claimed that “there had been friction between the niece and the children in the past.”
The 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.