| USWorld

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Man accused in killing baby in bonfire found in Peru

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:33 p.m.

LIMA, Peru — A Chilean man accused of organizing the ritual bonfire killing of a 3-day-old boy hanged himself early Wednesday from a rope in an abandoned house in the highlands city of Cuzco, authorities said.

Ramon Castillo, 36, was found hanging from a beam on the second floor of the house, wearing jeans, a gray jacket, a cap, shoes and a backpack, Gen. Javier Avalos, the regional police chief, told reporters.

Chile's most-wanted man had placed four bricks in the backpack, the prosecutor in charge of the case, Miguel Astete, told The Associated Press.

The body was identified through fingerprints that Chile sent via Interpol. Astete said officials found two bus tickets for the Urubamba Valley in his pockets and were investigating whether he might have been traveling with someone else.

Police in neighboring Chile had been seeking Castillo and other members of the sect that he led for their alleged participation in the baby's slaying on Nov. 23 on a hill in the town of Colliguay near the Chilean port of Valparaiso.

The child's mother was arrested last week along with three other members of the sect. She allegedly approved the sacrifice.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. U.S. Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino
  2. Pope Francis visits mosque in war-torn Central African Republic, calls for end to conflict
  3. Kenyans accused of spying for Iran
  4. World leaders show willingness to act at climate change summit
  5. After U.S. indictments, Chinese military scalesc back hacks on American industry
  6. Senators call for 20,000 more troops in Syria and Iraq
  7. Israeli court convicts two Jewish teenagers in 2014 killing of Palestinian youth
  8. Burned-out van belonged to missing Australians, Mexican prosecutors say
  9. In Uganda, Pope Francis pays tribute to nation’s martyrs
  10. In Paris, nations, investors to pledge billions for climate change research
  11. Mexico seizes El Chapo’s planes, cars, houses