A 12-year-old Brazilian boy has confessed to killing a nine-year-old autistic girl in São Paulo, Brazil.
Police found the girl strangled, beaten beyond recognition in the woods near São Paulo.
Raíssa Caparelli, went missing last Sunday from a charity event which she attended with her family in Anhanguera, a suburb in São Paulo.
According to the police, the girl was conscious throughout the brutal attack.
According to Chief superintendent Eduardo Marturano of the São Paulo police department for child crime (DHPP), "The injuries to her face were so severe it was difficult to even identify her."
Police did not confirm if the girl had been sexually assaulted.
The suspect said in his statement that they were friends, who lived on the same street, played together and studied at the same school.
He gave gory details of how he 'hit her legs and her face, then tied her up while she was still conscious and continued to beat her'.
Police chief Marturano corroborated this statement, adding, “We believe the accused started assaulting Raíssa before reaching the tree. First he hit her and then used a branch. We are still searching for the branch.”
Later, the suspect changed his testimony claiming that a man on a green bike with several tattoos, who he named as 'Baianinho', reportedly threatened him with a knife and forced him to help kill the girl.
Police are waiting for a psychological report of the suspect who has refused to give a motive for the crime.