A four-year-old girl’s body was found semi-naked in woodlands after being raped, police said.
The girl’s body, which was brutally beaten, was discovered by her parents in Huila, south west of Colombia.
A 27-year-old man who was found near to where Salome Segura Vega’s body was found has been accused of assaulting her.
Salome disappeared while out playing with her friends on July 29, when the attack took place.
Prosecutors allege Sebastian Mieles Betin left her with brain trauma and multiple organ injuries when he sexually assaulted her, reports Mirror Online.
Betin, who works for the young girl’s parents, is accused of sexual abuse and homicide, which he denies.
The fatally-injured girl was found unconscious in woodland by her parents and neighbours, El Universal reports.
Betin was found just a few metres from the semi-naked victim, and furious locals attempted to kill him in the aftermath of the attack, it is claimed.
Luis Enrique Dussan Lopez, the governor of Huila, called for a “severe sentence” to be handed out: “What happened with the girl in the municipality of Garzon cannot happen again.”
And Claudia Maya, who heads the office of Childhood and Adolescence in Huila, said the government would provide full support to the victim’s family.
Betin reportedly said he has a daughter of the same age, and said he had nothing to do with the young girl’s killing.