IVAN PARDO PENA, 33-years-old, has confessed to the murder of his brother’s 8-year-old stepdaughter, who died in Aragon following three hours of ‘punishment for misbehaving’.
Pena first claimed that the injuries were caused by the infant falling down the stairs. However when police questioned his 15-year-old niece, who was in the house at the time of the incident, he confessed to the crime.
The young girl, called Naiara, had sustained three hours of physical blows and was taken to hospital following a head trauma. She died after 24 hours of intensive care at Zaragoza hospital.
Investigators have said the victim was tied up and beaten with “extreme violence and sadism.”
According to the victim’s 12-year-old cousin, Pena would keep the girls locked up for hours at a time, made them study on their knees and beat them for behaving badly. Doctors noted that the girls had crusts and eroded cartilage on their knees, indicating that he had previously abused them.
The 33-year-old has been sent to prison without bail until sentencing.