Mexico man abuses 2 teens, fathers 5 children by them

Sep 08, 2011, 08:48 IST | Agencies

32-year-old part-time taxi driver Jorge Iniestra imprisoned two minors for seven years; beat one of them to death and smothered her baby

A Mexican has been accused of imprisoning two teenage girls and fathering five children by them before killing one and their baby.

Jorge Iniestra, 32, from Mexico City, allegedly abused the teenagers -- the daughters of his girlfriend -- for seven years and refused to let them outside.

Mexico's Fritzl: The taxi driver allegedly became fixated on the two girls
after starting a relationship with their mother, a social worker, in 2004.
Representation Pic/Thinkstock images

In a chilling parallel to Austrian Josef Fritzl, he is said to have pulled the girls out of school and locked them in a single, filthy room in his mother's house.

Prosecutors say Iniestra, a part-time taxi driver, eventually beat one of the girls to death and then smothered a three-month-old baby they had together. Their bodies were allegedly left in the tiny, fetid room for over a month and dumped on a highway.

Police have also arrested Iniestra's mother, brothers and sisters and the girls' mother for covering up the abuse and not allowing them to escape.

He allegedly became fixated on the two girls after starting a relationship with their mother, a social worker, in 2004.

Prosecutors say he stopped them going to school, moved them into his mother's house and refused to let them outside.

Mexico City's attorney general Miguel Mancera said. "He kept them totally hidden with the windows covered with wooden planks.

"The conditions were absolutely horrible in the room where he kept the girls. They had to use the bathroom there and their brother had to clean everything up by hand."

Iniestra had five children with the girls and forced their younger brother to sell cardboard and candles outside school to make money.

The boy was beaten with a belt or tied up naked if he did not bring back enough cash for the family, who were based in the Iztapalapa area.

Prosecutors claim Iniestra beat one of the girls to death and smothered their baby. His brother allegedly eventually helped move the bodies.

The girls' mother, Clara Tapia, who is also under arrest, ultimately lodged a complaint with police that led to the children's rescue. The attorney general's office says she was so terrorised that she gave her entire savings and her debit card to Iniestra.

The youngest surviving child, a three-month-old baby, was taken to hospital with blunt head trauma after allegedly being beaten by him.

The other victims -- a now 21-year-old girl and three young children aged two, four and five -- are in protective custody. Mancera says Tapia and her daughters were suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, when captives identify with their kidnappers.

They have allegedly defended Iniestra's behaviour during questioning by prosecutors.

Fritzl and sequel

2009 Josef Fritzl , an Austrian, was sentenced to life in prison two years ago after being convicted of holding his daughter, Elizabeth, captive in a windowless cellar for 24 years. He raped her an estimated 3,000 times, fathered 7 children with her and was responsible for the death of their infant son.

2011 Another Austrian, Gottfreid W, 80-year-old man was accused of locking up his two daughters in their home near the town of Braunau am Inn since 1970, and raping them over a period of more than 40 years.

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