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May 11, 2018

Doctor of one-year-old child dead from uncle's sexual abuse shared emotional message

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In Santiago de Chile a heartbreaking story was lived. The life of a child of one year and seven months has been taken in the vilest and most monstrous way.

According to a Nueva Mujer report, the baby was beaten and raped to death. Everything points to the fact that the perpetrator of the crime was the partner of his aunt, Andrés Espinoza.

Little Ambar had been placed in the care of her aunt because her mother could no longer take care of her due to drug-related problems. And sadly, the girl’s father has also been absent from her short life.

The girl’s aunt and her partner said that the child had fallen over, but the damage that the doctors assessed made it clear this was far from the truth. The doctors found that she had been sexually abused; a crime that resulted in her death.

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Pediatrician Alvaro Retamal works at the San Camilo Hospital, eight miles north of Chile’s capital of Santiago. He was the one who treated little Ambar when she arrived at the hospital with severe injuries.

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Now, Doctor Retamal has had his final say in a post on Facebook, one that explains in his own words why he doesn’t think the death penalty should be handed to the man who took this child’s life.

Dr. Retamal’s translated message:

“It’s so easy to get mad and demand the death penalty for a monster like this.

A criminal who certainly deserves the death penalty for these crimes … and it’s easy to keep up with that idea. When I had Amber Lazcano in the hospital and we struggled to save her life, when we saw her fragile body, her little hands, when, in the middle of everything, I stroked her forehead and told her to live because the world would not let anyone hurt her…

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When you have the opportunity to say to her in a hushed voice: Please listen to me: Live! There is nothing to be afraid of, the earth is full of people who want to love her … Like the aunties and uncles who received her at the hospital, who went with her in the ambulance, who took care of her in the emergency room at lPabellón, while operating, and all of us here at the hospital … From the attendant, to the doctors who sometimes try to maintain emotional distance so we don’t have to absorb so much pain.

We all cried for this beautiful little angel. And we clearly wish that he who has done this will suffer an unthinkable punishment.

Amber finally got rest from a life that was otherwise only full of pain. I held her hands when she left us and, without being worthy, I blessed her, just because I was the person who was there; I am not a priest or her dad.

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What I feel today is no desire to kill someone, because it’s an act that does not solve anything. Today, I feel that we should be there to put a stop to what happened to Amber and so many others…

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It is easy to demand the death penalty. But why do not we take all the hatred we feel now and turn it into love and protection for all our children? For those who have no parents, but also for those who keep quiet; those we do not know or do not want to know that suffer in silence.

Our calling must instead be to organize and protect the children from the evil that surrounds us in the world, between all hills and mountains. This will lead to something that may be helpful to others. To ask for the death of a monster leads only to relief.”

Doctor Retamal has written this message on his Facebook describing how painful it was for him and the other hospital staff to see little Ambar fighting for her life. Nevertheless, he doesn’t believe the death penalty should be used.

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