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Boy Raped And Drowned 'By Babysitter's Ex'
An American toddler was raped and then drowned after his babysitter's ex-boyfriend threw him into the pool of a Mexican holiday home, officials have said.
Axel Charrette, two, and his seven-year-old brother were being watched by a local woman when her ex-boyfriend entered the property and attacked Axel, authorities in Mexico said.
The brother was locked up in his family's home at the time and did not witness the attack.
Prosecutors in the Mexican state of Nayarit said Eleodoro Carlos Rodriguez Sanchez had been arrested and charged with murder in the February 28 attack, details of which have just emerged.
He is said to have been high on drugs during the assault.
The babysitter, Nancy Saralee Solorio Perez, has been charged with homicide for failing to intervene.
She is also accused of lying about the attack to medical personnel.
A family spokesman said Axel's parents, Randy and Jen Charrette, had been renting the home for about two months and had hired 19-year-old Perez to watch their children.
In a statement published online by The Watch newspaper, the Charrettes said the babysitter let her boyfriend into the house, but soon realised he was "in a violent, drug-induced state".
"Out of fear, she locked herself in a bathroom, leaving Axel outside ... the boyfriend, for reasons unknown, hurt Axel then threw him in the pool, leaving him to drown," the statement says.
"There are no words to express our grief - but we wanted you to know what happened because the truth, as horrible as it may be, is important."
The prosecutor's office said Perez reported being too terrified to alert police during the crime.
The parents returned to their home in Ridgway, Colorado, earlier this week.