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Update: Mother and son accused in Emely Peguero murder

After on Wednesday, 30 August 2017, the Attorney General named a high-level commission to investigate the case of five-month old pregnant 16-year old Emely Peguero, the case moved ahead. The teenager, who was five-months pregnant, had been missing since 23 August when she told her parents she had go to a medical appointment. She left the family home at 8:30am with her boyfriend.

After the high-level commission was created, on the early morning of Friday, 31 August, a body of a young woman was found. The body that was in a bag inside a suitcase in a farm in La Guama, Cayetano Germosen, Espaillat province that was eventually positively identified by relatives of the victim.

The preliminary autopsy conducted at the INACIF in Santiago on Friday, 1 September, revealed that the probable causes of death were a combination of internal bleeding of the uterus due to an induced abortion and blunt blow on the head with sinking of the skull and cerebral bleeding. The autopsy indicates the blow occurred while the girl was still alive.

Prosecutors are investigating to determine others who may have been involved in the case, including who was the physician who carried out the abortion and who transported the body.

The San Francisco de Macorís prosecutor ordered three months pre-trial custody for 20-year old Marlon Martínez, lead suspect for the murder of his girlfriend. He had confessed to the murder and said he deposited the body at the Hatillo garbage dump. The media reported that Marlon Martinez was an honors student to the point he was chosen to represent his Colegio Continental in San Francisco de Macoris during a student debate held at the University of Harvard in Boston.

His mother, Marlin Martínez, was ordered to Rafey-Mujeres jail in Santiago for three-month pre-trial custody. She was also fired from her job as deputy director of the Passports Office in Salcedo, and the PRD party, removed her from their affiliation. The PRD was a major ally of the ruling PLD into the 2016 presidential election. Initially, the family of Peguero had expressed concern that the political influence of the mother would impede the case to advance through the judicial system.

The Peguero case was one of three recent cases of assaults of young women that have occurred under a new focus on such crimes by the authorities over the weekend. Looking for the body of Peguero, the authorities found on Thursday the body of 18-year old Dioskairy Gómez, in the La Ceniza de Sierra Prieta area of Fantino, Sánchez Ramírez province. She had gone missing on her way to the university. An autopsy was ordered.

A third body of another young woman, 18-year old Rosalinda Yan Pérez was found buried inside a house under construction in Nigua. Her former boyfriend, 30-year old Julio César García, is the lead suspect. He is under arrest together with suspect accomplice 38-year old Francisco Javier Peña. Relatives of Yan Pérez said her boyfriend murdered her because she refused to continue the relationship.

Source: DR1, Acento

Sep 5, 2017

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