The 13-month girl was taken from her parents’ room at the El Bostezo hotel
The baby’s lifeless body was found shoved into one of the hotel’s water tanks
Hotel owner Jose Hernandez admitted the security guard had fallen asleep
A man raped, tortured and murdered a 13-month-old baby girl he snatched from her parent’s hotel room before dumping her lifeless body in a water tank.
The parents of the unnamed child woke to find their daughter missing from their hotel room in the city of Florencia in the southern Colombian department of Caqueta.
They launched a desperate search for the baby and her tiny body was found shoved inside one of the hotel’s water tanks.
The parents of a 13-month-old child woke to find her missing from their room in the El Bostezo hotel in the city of Florencia, Colombia. Her tiny body was found inside a water tank. Pictured: the child’s grandmother, Nelly Tique, addresses local press
A man has been arrested by local police who refused to release his identity.
Police believe she was kidnapped, raped and killed by another guest staying at the El Bostezo hotel.
Hotel owner Jose Hernandez admitted the security guard in charge of the area had fallen asleep on duty.
Nelly Tique, the baby’s grandmother, is demanding justice for the family.
Police have sent the baby’s body for an autopsy and Javier Navarro, head of police in Caqueta, said an arrest had been made but the investigation was still ongoing.
Officers needed more time to investigate and collect evidence, he said.
The baby was snatched from the city’s El Bostezo hotel, pictured, which has now been cordoned off as a crime scene
The child’s lifeless body was found in one of the hotel’s water tanks
Javier Navarro, the head of police, spoke to the local press about the incident, saying that a suspect had been arrested but that he would not reveal their identity
Police are withholding the name of the suspect, as well as that of the little girl and her parents – who are now receiving counselling.
Psychologist Karen Abudinen said: ‘It is a harrowing situation that the young mother is going through, that is why we are not going to leave her for a single moment while she tries to come to terms with it.’
The girl’s family were stopping at the hotel on their way from the neighbouring department of Huila to the city of San Vicente del Caugan in Caqueta.