American parents of boy found dead in Spain charged with reckless homicide

GIRONA, Spain -- An American couple arrested after police found the badly decomposed body of their 7-year-old son at the family's apartment in northeastern Spain told a court Friday that the child suffered from asthma and did not wake up one morning, but that the family didn't believe he was dead.

See Full Article

A judge charged Bruce and Schrell Hopkins, aged 39 and 38 and originally from the Detroit area, with reckless homicide but allowed them to be released provisionally after questioning them. Case prosecutor Enrique Barata said their passports were removed.

Police on Tuesday arrested the two after officers found the body of their son, Caleb, under several blankets on a bed at the family's rented apartment in the city of Girona.

Barata said the exact cause and time of the child's death had yet to be established. They said the child was known to be alive on Nov. 15 when the family went to a restaurant to celebrate a family birthday.

Barata told reporters the father said he tried to resuscitate the boy. He told the judge the family did not take the child to a hospital because they did not believe in standard medicine, although they had treated him with inhalers and homeopathic medicine.

The prosecutor said the father acknowledged he lost his sense of reason when he saw that the child was no longer moving. He said that after that the couple and their two other children stayed in the apartment with the corpse.

Police discovered the body after they went to the apartment following a call by the apartment's owner, who had gone to collect unpaid rent.

Barata said the family's visas had expired several months ago.

Police previously called at the apartment on New Year's Eve to check if the father was all right after the U.S. embassy contacted them, saying the man's work colleagues were concerned after not hearing from him in some time.

Police said the man did not open the door but insisted that he was fine and would get in contact with the U.S. embassy. The spokesman said the officers noticed nothing suspicious.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Pepper-spraying anti-Donald Trump demonstrators brawl with pro-Trump marchers in California: Police [Photos]

    World News Toronto Sun
    Brawls between a gang of pepper-spraying anti-Trump counter-protesters and proponents of the U.S. president broke out on a Southern California beach over the weekend, authorities said. The violence erupted when pro-Trump marchers, of about 2,000 people, at Bolsa Chica State Beach reached a group of about 30 counter-protesters, some of whom began spraying the irritant, said Capt. Source
  • NATO wants to spend over $3B US to bolster satellite, cyber defence

    World News CBC News
    NATO plans to spend 3 billion euros ($3.24 billion US) to upgrade its satellite and computer technology over the next three years as the Western military alliance adapts to new threats, a senior official said. Seeking to deter hackers, and other threats including Iranian missiles, the investments underscore NATO's recognition that conflicts are increasingly fought on computer networks as well as in the air, on land and at sea. Source
  • 8 feared dead in Japan avalanche

    World News CBC News
    Eight people are feared dead and two were in critical condition on Monday after an avalanche hit a group of high school students and teachers climbing in central Japan. It was not immediately clear how many of the victims were students, an official said. Source
  • New York cop quits to avoid firing after shooting unarmed teen

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- A white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager resigned Sunday from the New York Police Department to avoid being fired following a disciplinary trial in a case that sparked outrage over police use of deadly force against black men and boys. Source
  • 'Nasty cyclone' could bring 300 km/hr winds to parts of northeast Australia

    World News CBC News
    Thousands of Australians abandoned their homes as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland on Monday, while others ignored authorities' advice to evacuate with winds forecast to reach up to 300 km per hour. Source
  • Police search for suspects after deadly nightclub shooting in Cincinnati

    World News CTV News
    CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati police searched for suspects in a nightclub shooting that left one man dead and 15 other people injured and sent club patrons diving to the ground to dodge bullets in what they described as a chaotic and terrifying scene. Source
  • Trump plans to have son-in-law head up new government office

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. A senior administration official said Trump on Monday will announce the White House Office of American Innovation. Source
  • South Korea to seek arrest warrant for impeached ex-president Park

    World News CBC News
    South Korean prosecutors said Monday that they want to arrest former President Park Geun-hye over the corruption allegations that triggered a huge political scandal and toppled her from power. The announcement came about one week after prosecutors grilled Park for 14 hours over suspicions that she colluded with a jailed confidante to extort from companies and committed other wrongdoing. Source
  • South Korean prosecutors push to arrest ex-president

    World News CTV News
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - South Korean prosecutors said Monday they want to arrest former President Park Geun-hye for the corruption allegations that triggered a huge political scandal and toppled her from power. The move comes after prosecutors grilled Park for 14 hours last week over suspicions that she colluded with a jailed confidante to extort from companies and committed other wrongdoing when she was in office. Source
  • Russians by the thousand take part in anti-corruption demonstrations

    World News CBC News
    Trump, after blaming Democrats, now also faults conservatives for failed health-care bill Source