A man arrested for kicking his mother-of-four girlfriend so violently in the head that she slipped into a coma and died posted loving messages of support on social media after the attack.
Marcos Ponce, 34, allegedly kicked his girlfriend Elba Eliana Mendilaharzu in the head in August before she fell into a coma and later died this month in Argentina.
She died from an epidural hematoma after suffering a strong blow to her head apparently caused by the kick.
Her partner claimed Mendilaharzu suffered the blow when she fell from her bed and hit the floor.
Local newspaper Diario Uno reports a doctor who spoke as a witness said however the trauma “could not have originated from a simple fall”.
Ponce was arrested 15 days after the incident during which time he posted encouraging messages on his social media for his alleged victim.
“Be strong my love, everything will turn out fine, you are a great warrior, a mother with every right and a great partner in life, and our little son and I are waiting for you here darling,” he wrote.
Local media report he was arrested after an eyewitness claimed to have seen him kick Mendilaharzu in the head causing injury. He has been in investigative custody since September.
The prosecution is now expected to change their charge against Ponce to femicide after the autopsy is complete on the dead woman.
However, there could be some delay on the examination as she was reportedly diagnosed with COVID-19 which means authorities will have to follow some safety protocols.
Local media report Mendilaharzu leaves behind four children although it is believed only one was with her alleged killer.
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