The parents of a 3-year-old girl who had two large needles jabbed into her heart and lungs have been arrested on suspicion of killing her in a sick satanic ritual in Argentina.
Forensic experts discovered the needles during an autopsy after Maia Vallejos died in hospital from an infection that affected her vital organs and caused a cardiac arrest.
One, measuring four inches and normally used to sew up footballs, was touching her heart.
The other, an older needle which had been placed in her body some time before her death, was affecting her lungs and has been blamed for the sepsis she suffered.
Maia’s 20-year-old mum and 19-year-old stepdad tried to escape for fear of being lynched but were captured by police on the outskirts of the village of Quitilipi where they lived.
Authorities in the northern Argentinian province of Chaco said they were probing all possibilities including that of a satanic ritual.
The couple being held over the death have been made official suspects in a murder investigation.