A 3-year-old girl was thrown into a pool repeatedly until she drowned. The man who tossed her into a Morelia, Mexico, hotel pool was believed to be her stepfather, according to a Daily Mail report.
The unidentified man who threw the 3-year-old girl into the pool was recorded by the hotel surveillance cameras. Morelia is located in the southern region of the country in the state of Michoacan. The CCTV camera footage reportedly shows the toddler struggling to keep herself afloat before she drowned on August 12, according to a report by Quadratin News.
The fully-clothed girl was reportedly tossed into the Mexico hotel pool and submerged in water multiple times, with other guests watching from lawn chairs nearby. The Morelia surveillance camera footage also reportedly shows the man, believed to be the stepfather of the 3-year-old, walking away after tossing her into the pool and then returning a few moments later. The toddler attempted to grab a lifebuoy the man threw towards her, but she was too weak to grab onto the device, the Daily Mail report also states.
The local Michoacan newspaper, Proceso, reported that police investigators said the man and his significant other, and the woman’s daughter, were lodging at the hotel in Mexico together. The mother was asleep in their room when the 3-year-old was thrown into the pool and drowned, the law enforcement officers added. The local news report indicates that it took an extended amount of time after the man and the child left the pool for the mother to realize the 3-year-old girl was not breathing.
The mother of the girl is believed to have taken the child to a local hospital after realizing she was not breathing. Doctors quickly confirmed that the 3-year-old had died. An examination of the toddler’s body, which was conducted post-mortem, reportedly revealed the cause of death was mechanical asphyxia by drowning.
A translated excerpt from the Proceso report about the drowning follows.
“A man was arrested in Morelia after drowning her stepdaughter three years in the swimming pool of a hotel, the state attorney said. In a video circulating on social networks, captured by security cameras of the establishment and Quadratín released by the agency, shows how the subject yields and lower immerses repeatedly in the pool, which caused his death. Later the couple left the hotel. The accused took the girl in his arms, while the mother went to the reception to complete a procedure and once boarded the unit realized that her daughter was not breathing, so he asked his partner to take her to a private hospital.”
The man believed to be the stepfather was arrested and charged with both homicide and treason. An investigation into the drowning death is expected to take months to complete.
[Image via: CCTV video Screengrab]