A ten-year-old girl died after her 12-year-old brother hanged her from a tree after a petty row over his treehouse, police have said.Paola Cortines suffered asphyxia after being left dangling from the tree with a cable tied round her neck. The shocking crime happened in El Terrero in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. Paola’s brother is said to have been helped by a 14-year-old female friend, although she told a youth court judge she had only helped to lower Paola’s body.
It is thought they only wanted to scare the girl but left her without air for too long. Prosecutors confirmed the appalling incident yesterday when they revealed Paola’s brother and the female friend had been questioned.
A prosecution source told a local paper: “[The brother] and [his friend] hanged their victim and brought her down from the tree by cutting the cable. When they realised she wasn’t responding they tried to take her body into a nearby house but were intercepted and tried to flee before being caught.”
Prosecutors are still trying to establish the motive, although they are said to be focusing on the theory the victim destroyed a treehouse her brother had been building while their parents were working in a nearby apple orchard. The younger boy is set to escape prosecution because of his age but has already been ordered to spend time in a rehabilitation centre where he will receive therapy.