Horror as mother is raped and assaulted by two men who beat her four-year-old son to death with a rock and left her for dead in Argentina
- Maria Subelza, 44, survived by pretending to be dead after the brutal attack
- She had been strolling on a beach in Puerto Deseado with her son Santino
- Police arrested a man, 24, and a 16-year-old teenager on suspicion of murder
A mother was raped and her four-year-old son was beaten to death as they strolled on a beach in Argentina.
Maria Subelza, 44, was pelted with stones by the attackers before being raped by one of the men while the other held a knife to her little boy, Santino.
They were then both battered with rocks and left for dead on Cueva de los Leones beach in the city of Puerto Deseado at around 4pm on Friday.
Mrs Subelza survived the brutal attack by pretending to be dead but her child died from head injuries.
Maria Subelza, 44, was raped and her little boy Santino was beaten to death in Argentina
Maria Subelza, 44, (right) was raped while her little boy Santino (left) was beaten to death
Police have arrested a 24-year-old man and a 16-year-old teenager on suspicion of murder.
Mrs Subelza is recovering in hospital from head injuries.
She lives in Rosario de la Frontera, in Salta, with her husband Celso, a carpenter, more than 1,800 miles away from where she was attacked and had been visiting her eldest son who lives there.
Mr Celso said: ‘I don’t know what to do. I’m very hurt. She went for a walk, she liked to go to the coast to walk with the boy.
‘I can’t believe it.’
The horrific rape and murder has sparked protests in Argentina with women’s rights campaigners calling for justice.
Local media reported that Mrs Subelza identified the arrested 24-year-old, who has not been named, saying she recognised his face and his voice.
The 16-year-old was arrested after witnesses said they saw him at the beach near the time of the attack.
Maria Subelza (right) is recovering in hospital after the attack in which her little boy Santino (left) was beaten to death as they went for a walk on a beach on Friday
Santino Subelza, four, was beaten to death while his mother was raped in a crime that has shocked Argentina and sparked protests by womens rights campaigners