Chile arrests 4 for ritual baby killing

2013-04-26 11:01

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Santiago - Chile has arrested four members of an alleged cult accused of burning a baby to death during a human sacrifice ritual, officials announced on Thursday.

"We found bones that correspond" to those of an infant, said Miguel Ampuero, a police investigator, in comments made to Chilean radio.

Authorities said the baby was burned alive on 23 November at a farm outside the city of Quilpe, some 110km west of Santiago.

Those detained include the baby's mother and other members of the cult, authorities said.

"I was devastated but [sect members] told me that it had to be - that it was my karma," the mother said during an interrogation, according to the police investigator.

Officials said an arrest warrant has been filed for Gustavo Castillon Gaete, aged 36, the father of the slain infant and leader of the cult of about 10 members, who has been on the run several weeks.

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