The boy’s death Henry Borel, 4 years old, on March 8, continues to be investigated by Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro. This Thursday, 8th, exactly one month after the death, the councilman Dr. Jairinho (Solidarity), the boy’s stepfather, and Monique Medeiros, Henry’s mother, were arrested for attempts to disrupt the investigation and officially declared as being investigated for doubly qualified homicide. During a press conference held in the early afternoon, delegate Henrique Damasceno, from the 16th DP, said that there is no doubt that this is a murder committed by Jairinho and that the boy’s mother “protected the murderer”. In an interview with Prime Time Zone, the defense of Henry’s father reported that Leniel Borel was surprised by the police’s conclusion.
“Henry’s father is very ill because he hoped that Jairinho could be the murderer, but he had a feeling of hope that his ex-wife had not participated in the case. However, the police found that Monique knew about the assault cases, so he is finished. Imagine the thud he felt, they dated for eight years, and then he finds out that Monique was aware of the mistreatment and supposedly also participated in the torture of their son. Leniel still says that she never showed strange behaviors, all of this was a surprise ”, said Leonardo Barreto. The lawyer also said that Leniel never noticed evidence of abuse in Henry because “Jairinho has the profile of a professional and sadistic torturer, he used artifices to keep traces and marks of aggressions on the boy”.
With hemorrhages and bruises, the child arrived lifeless at a hospital in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro. According to the version told by Monique and Jairinho to the police, at the time of the incident, the couple watched television in the living room, when they heard a noise and went to the bedroom where Henry slept to check what had happened. Upon entering the room, Monique stated that she found her son “unconscious, with his eyes rolling and not breathing”. She also reported believing that the boy’s body injuries were caused by a fall, as Henry would have woken up, stood on the bed, become unbalanced – or tripped over the back of the chair, and fallen to the floor. Since the arrest, the defense of the couple has not commented.
“There is a lot of evidence of the murder, from the condition that Jairinho is already responding in court for other crimes of torture, to the expert report that records that there is no possibility of the death being caused by an accident, but by murder resulting from a beating. The unfolding of their prison today is very correct, it could have happened since last week because it is a temporary arrest so that the accused do not hinder the investigations by using personal influences ”, evaluated the lawyer. The defense of Henry’s father hopes that the temporary arrest will be extended during the investigations, that the evidence will be forwarded to the Public Ministry (MP) and that the agency makes the complaint. For Leonardo Barreto, the couple must answer for the crime with a penalty of 20 to 22 years of imprisonment after being denounced for triple qualified homicide.