Greek mother and her boyfriend face manslaughter trial over suffocation death of 7-year-old boy in 2017

A couple accused of killing a 7-year-old child are escorted by police officers as they leave the prosecutors office, in Athens, Greece, February 15, 2022. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A mother and her partner have been arrested in Greece over the killing of her seven-year-old son by suffocation five years ago and an investigating judge on Tuesday charged them with manslaughter, state ERT TV reported.

The killing of the boy, identified only as Andreas, who police said was abused and suffocated after his mouth was sealed with insulation tape, is one of the most shocking cases of child abuse to surface in Greece in recent years.

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A police statement said the boy was killed in 2017 but the case came to light only on Saturday when investigators, acting on a tip-off received in November, found a toolbox containing two bags of human bones in the apartment shared by the boy’s mother, 29, and partner, 33, who was not the child’s father.

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SOURCE: Reuters – Reporting by Renee Maltezou, Deborah Kyvrikosaios and Lefteris Papadimas Editing by Mark Heinrich

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