Four family members have been arrested after the death of a nine-year-old boy in the eastern French city of Mulhouse. The child was fatally beaten with a broom handle and other “blunt objects” after refusing to do his homework, according to local reports.
The boy’s older brother, sister, and stepsister were all in the home at the time and have all been arrested. The mother was out of town but had been aware of the incident and also reportedly remains in police custody. The official cause of death was cardiac arrest, brought on by the intense blows the boy received.
The 19-year-old brother is suspected of carrying out the murder, but the investigation remains ongoing.