A 5-month-old baby died Tuesday in this capital after a man thought to be its stepfather put the child into a freezer after having an argument with its mother.
Police said that the man, identified by some media outlets as Jose Miranda Lopez, got into a heated argument with his wife, after which he locked himself in one of the rooms of his home and then put the baby into the freezer.
A telephone tip led police to the scene in the Caparra Terrace neighborhood, where they found the infant dead.
Police arrested the man and questioned the child’s mother, who was identified as Xiomara Rodriguez Lopez.
Puerto Rico registers an average of 200 cases of child abuse each month, which social organizations attribute to the fact that about 25 percent of the young people on the island become parents before age 21, the estimated minimum age to be able to deal properly with raising children.
Domestic violence took the lives of 26 women on the island in 2011, one of the worst years in that regard in the recent history of Puerto Rico.
The government recently announced the passage of a law to revoke bail and send to jail anyone charged with domestic violence who violates the conditions of electronic supervision or threatens their partner or ex-partner in any way.