Viral footage has shown the horrifying moment a three-year-old was carried off before she was raped and murdered after a sick swap for drugs, after her mother sold her off.
Aurelia Salinas allegedly let the drug dealer take away her daughter Luz Maida in return for PYG 100,000 (GBP 10) of crack cocaine. The child was never seen again.
The shocking case has enraged locals in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay, after her brutalised body was found on April 22.
Her tiny corpse was discovered wrapped in a shirt on top of a bed in an abandoned house.
The disturbing CCTV footage shows Luz being carried away from her home by the dealer her mother had swapped her for around 30 pieces of crack.
As he picks his way down a broken-down track, the dealer carries Luz in one arm and apparently slaps her with the other trying to stop her wriggling.
Furious locals reportedly tried to lynch her mother, Aurelia Salinas, 42, as she was being arrested after allegedly confessing to police.
Salinas first told police that Luz had disappeared while she was sleeping, but admitted the swap after police discovered the CCTV footage.
Her boyfriend later admitted to the killing, according to local media.
An autopsy later revealed Luz had also been sexually assaulted.
Both Salinas and her boyfriend were arrested, along with a 17-year-old who is allegedly also linked to the crime.
According to police, Salinas was under the influence of drugs and seemed unconcerned while police searched for the girl.
More than 300 locals attended Luz’s funeral and some neighbours later burned down the house where her body had been found.
Investigators said the family had a ‘history of tragedies.’