Allegedly, the woman resident in Fitero (Navarra) who tried to kill her three children poisoned them with salfoman, and tried to stab them seeing that it had no effect. The little ones, aged 3, 5 and 9, are now recovering at the University Hospital of Navarra in Pamplona, although the condition of the minor is worrying. The mother has also been hospitalized in police custody, as she attempted suicide after attempting to kill the father, although her life is not in danger.
This family, of Moroccan origin, resided for four years in Fitero, a town in the Ribeira de Navarra where there is a large community of North African origin. The father of the children and the husband of the detained woman were working in construction in Gipuzkoa, and in the afternoon he went to Vitero after learning of the terrible events. According to what was reported by the newspaper Diario de Noticias, the family will return to Morocco on vacation next week.
The events took place after 12:00, when the woman was at home with three minors and her husband was working in Hernani (Gipuzkoa). The two older children, 5 and 9 years old, went out into the street to ask for help and the neighbors informed the Civil Guard.
The agents entered the home with the two children and found the mother and her youngest son, 3, seriously injured. The mother tried to poison the minors with salfoman and, not having achieved her goal, tried to stab them. The minors sustained several injuries as a result of their mother’s assaults.
Hydrochloric acid is highly corrosive
Salfumán is a highly corrosive solution of hydrochloric acid in water and is mainly used for cleaning surfaces or treating metals. Poisoning by taking salfumán can cause burning in the mouth and throat, difficulty breathing, vomiting blood, drooling, low blood pressure, and severe pain in the chest and abdomen.
A town with a population of 2,000 people
Panic in Vitero
The Navarre town of Fitero is appalled by the alleged attempted murder of three minors and the subsequent suicide attempt by their mother, who remains in police custody.
“There is panic at the local level and fear among the immigrant group,” the city’s mayor, Miguel Aguirre Yanguas, told the EFE news agency. As he explained, the municipal services have no evidence of coexistence problems in the family, because they are people who “didn’t have to go” to the city council for minor issues, only if they did, it was a matter of other procedures like the rest of the immigrant families residing in the municipality.
Miguel Aguirre also expressed “concern” about the condition of the youngest, three-year-old.