A shocking instance of infanticide has been reported in Mexico.
A week-old infant who was born without legs died after being thrown out of a moving vehicle in the eastern state of Veracruz, says Mirror.
The disturbing incident occurred around 11 a.m. April 19. His body was found lying in the road.
At first, locals believed someone had thrown garbage out of the car, but it was later found to be a baby boy. The villagers covered the child with a sheet and lit candles around him until morticians came to take him away.
According to local reports, the baby boy’s umbilical cord was still attached. Officials assume he died after being tossed out of the car and into the road, though the autopsy report detailing the cause of death has not yet been released to the public.
Residents of La Posta were unable to give authorities specifics of the car because it was dark, according to Mirror. Mexican authorities are still trying to find those responsible for killing the infant.
In August 2014, a Florida man was convicted of throwing a 3-month-old baby out of a moving vehicle, resulting in the infant’s death.
The incident happened in 2009 after 26-year-old Richard McTear assaulted his ex-girlfriend and abducted her son, Emanuel Wesley Murray. McTear then hurled Emanuel out a car window on Interstate 275 in Tampa, reported WCTV.
McTear was sentenced to life in prison on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, battery and aggravated child abuse.