Mum suffocates step-son, 8, after he calls her ‘ugly’ during row

A stepmum suffocated her boyfriend's eight-year-old son after he called her "ugly", a court heard.

Ana Julia Quezada, 45, admitted she suffocated Gabriel Cruz in Nijar, in Spain's Almeria province, by covering his mouth, but said she did not mean for him to die.

According to the family's lawyer Fernando Torres, the young boy was still alive for 45 to 90 minutes after allegedly being smothered.

After the boy died, she reportedly buried him in a hole she dug, before later digging up the boy's grave and putting him in a garage where his body was found by police.

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Quezada, who is from the Dominican Republic, is accused of killing the youngster in February 2018, also claimed the child threatened her with an axe and told her he did not want her to be with his dad.

She said: "I did not want to harm the child, I wanted him to be quiet. I did not want to kill the boy.

"I used both hands, the right (hand) was for sure over his mouth, the left one I don't know.

"When I let him go, I placed my hand on his chest and he wasn't breathing."

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When she was arrested, Quezada claimed that she was in the process of writing letters to loved ones before intending to kill herself, according to local media.

Quezada, who has pleaded not guilty to the boy's murder, was made to listen to a phone call where she calls the boy's mother "a b***h and a bad person" before admitting later that she never had "any problem" with her.

it is unclear whether she had her hands over his mouth after he was initially suffocated, or whether he had died later as a result of the suffocation earlier.

The trial continues.

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