Experts from the Department of Forensic Medicine of the Medical University determined that the probable cause of death of four-year-old Leon was the consequences of a burn disease, the spokeswoman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Siedlce, prosecutor Krystyna Gołąbek, said on Wednesday. The boy’s body was found in the forest near Garwolin in October last year.
In the investigation into the murder of four-year-old Leon, the prosecutor obtained the opinion of experts from the Department of Forensic Medicine of the Medical University. – The experts indicated that the most likely cause of death of the child was the consequences of burn disease. The results of histopathological examination of the tissues taken from the corpse, provided so far by experts, also do not indicate any other cause of the boy’s death, prosecutor Krystyna Gołąbek said.
The boy’s mother and her partner are suspected of murder
She emphasized that the opinion of the experts confirms the findings of the investigation and the adopted legal qualification of the act. – In this case, the child’s mother and her partner are suspected of committing the crime of murder, because as those exercising direct and voluntary care of the child, after it suffered extensive burns, anticipating and accepting its death, they failed to call for help for several days medical, as a result of which the boy died on August 21, 2022, Gołąbek noted.
The prosecutor added that the crime of murder may be committed not only by action, but also by omission, if the perpetrator is under a legal obligation. – This is a special obligation to prevent the consequences. In this case, there is no doubt that both suspects had such an obligation – explained Gołąbek.
They buried Leon’s body in the forest
She also noted that the explanations given by the child’s mother and her partner at the beginning of the investigation showed that the boy had fallen into an unsecured paddling pool with hot water and suffered extensive burns. – The guardians refrained from calling for medical help, recognizing that the child’s condition would improve. According to the suspects, the boy died about a week after the incident. After the child’s death, the suspects buried his body in the forest, Gołąbek reported
She also indicated that the investigation activities had not yet been completed, inter alia, a forensic psychiatric opinion regarding the mental health of Leon’s mother had not yet been obtained. – The delay in the examination of the suspect was caused by her pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period. The suspect has already been examined by expert psychiatrists and their expert opinion shows that he was fully sane on the date of the incident, Gołąbek informed.
On October 21 last year, Leon’s great-grandmother reported the child missing to the police. The woman had not seen her great-grandson for a long time and was afraid that something bad might have happened to him. For several days, police officers checked various addresses where the child with his mother and her partner could have recently stayed. One week later in Górki near Garwolin, the corpse of a four-year-old boy was found buried in the forest. At that time, the prosecutor’s office also announced the detention of the boy’s then 19-year-old mother and her 19-year-old partner. Both were charged with intentional homicide and arrested.
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