Colombian officers say they’ve arrested the daddy of two of the 4 Indigenous kids who survived a airplane crash that killed their mom and two different adults, then survived 40 days on their very own within the Amazon jungle
BOGOTÁ — The daddy of two of the 4 Indigenous kids who survived a airplane crash that killed their mom and two different adults, then survived 40 days on their very own within the Amazon jungle was arrested Friday, Colombian authorities mentioned.
The Colombian Prosecutor’s Workplace confirmed in a message to Related Press journalists that officers arrested Manuel Ranoque, who’s the daddy of the 1- and 4-year-old boys within the crash and the stepfather of the 2 women, ages 9 and 13.
The assertion gave no particulars on the explanation, however media stories mentioned the case concerned allegations of abuse.
Astrid Eliana Cáceres, director of the Colombian Institute for Household Welfare, mentioned the state company had been working with the authorities.
“We discovered of the seize of the daddy of two Mucutuy minor kids and we imagine that the prosecutor’s workplace has operated throughout the full framework of the legislation,” she mentioned.
Ranoque has been embroiled in a struggle for custody of the kids with their maternal grandparents. Their mom died 4 days after the crash, in response to the oldest youngster, Lesly.
The 4 siblings have remained within the custody of Colombia’s youngster safety company since leaving the hospital after recovering from malnutrition and different illnesses.
Their maternal grandfather, Narciso Mucutuy, has accused Ranoque of beating their mom, Magdalena Mucutuy.
Earlier than authorites confirmed his arrest, Ranoque acknowledged to reporters that there had been issues at dwelling, however he mentioned he thought of it a non-public household matter and never “gossip” for the remainder of the world.
When requested if he had assaulted his spouse, Ranoque replied: “Verbally swiftly, sure. Bodily, little or no, as a result of we did extra struggle of phrases.”