Update 16 December: After taking statements today from the couple, the Court has imputed (formally named as suspects) the children’s mother, Sonia Aurelia P. B., on two counts of aggravated murder, and her partner and father to the little boy, Jesús Cristo P. L., on two counts of murder for being the instigator and accomplice of the killing. The Court remanded both in custody without bail, and lifted reporting restrictions.
As of yesterday, Sonia P.B. is now in Tenerife II prison, while her partner is still under police guard in a secure part of Candelaria Hospital. His wounds are said to be self-inflicted. Meanwhile, the two poor children have been cremated, a service that was attended by the distraught father of the little girl.
Original post 13 December: The bodies of two children, a little girl of 11 and her 5-year-old brother, were found earlier today in an apartment in the Vistabella area of Santa Cruz.
The father of one of the children was also found seriously injured, though not life-threateningly so; he has been taken to Candelaria hospital while the children’s mother has been arrested on suspicion of killing her children and is under police guard in the psychiatric unit of the same hospital, police sources say.
A friend of the couple said that they had pyschological problems, and that the children might have been dead for a couple of days. The police investigation continues.