May 22, 2013
Dead infant's mother admits to making up robbery story
The mother of the infant who was allegedly murdered by robbers last month in the city of Ayacucho confessed on Sunday that she made up the entire story about being robbed after she discovered the lifeless body of her 4-month old daughter.
According to judicial sources, Antonia’s mother confessed that she made up the entire story because she was “desperate” after her daughter’s death, which forensic authorities ruled it was caused by a bronchospam.
Soledad Ibañez admitted to making a false claim to police authorities after she found her daughter dead, Dolores District Attorney Diego Bensi said.
The tragic incident took place last July 27th, and created a huge commotion and anger among the town’s population, who demonstrated in front of the downtown police station.
Buenos Aires province Justice and Security Minister Ricardo Casal said that the woman’s confession was “painful,” and urged citizens to “help her, since she is facing this tragedy alone and is ashamed for making up something that never happened.”
“This was the mother’s reaction to her daughter’s death and we have to understand her,” he added.
“We must remain prudent, be patient and always let the forensic authorities seek the truth. Only a few hours after the incident, they already had a theory of what had happened,” he stated.
A few hours after the mother’s accusations, police authorities said evidence indicated that no one had broken into the house.
The little girl, named Antonia, died of a bronchospasm, a condition found to be very common among infants.
After her autopsy, forensic authorities ruled that no traces of asphyxiation were found on her body.
In her statement, Antonia’s mother had said that her daughter had been asphyxiated by robbers who had broken into her home.