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Mexican children on murder charge
22 May 2015 11:11
A judge in northern Mexico has charged five children with homicide over the torture and killing of a six-year-old during a "kidnapping game" that has shocked the country.
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The two 15-year-old boys, two 13-year-old girls and one 11-year-old boy attended the court hearing in the state of Chihuahua, a week after the murder of Christopher Raymundo Marquez.
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He was found buried under a dead dog and weeds next to a stream on the outskirts of the state's capital on 14 May.
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Prosecutors say the children had tied him up, nearly asphyxiated him, stoned him and stabbed him.
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The judge, Francisco de Leon Merino, ordered that the 15-year-old boys be jailed in the Chihuahua Court for Minors while the three younger children are to be kept under the custody of the state child services agency.
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The case has raised questions about the influence of Mexico's relentless drug war on young minds after tens of thousands of people have been killed since 2006.
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