They perform a second autopsy on the body of Abigail Hay Urrutia;  Oaxaca Prosecutor's Office concludes that she was 'asphyxiation by hanging'

Salina Cruz, Oax.- At the request of the relatives, the body of Abigail Hay Urrutia underwent a second forensic examinationafter five days of having died in the municipal jail of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.

“It was not a suicide, but a femicide”, stressed the relatives, who took the young woman’s coffin to a funeral home in Salina Cruz, where experts from the Oaxaca Prosecutor’s Office and individuals performed a second autopsy on the body.

Last Friday, the 30-year-old girl who left two minors in the orphanage, was arrested by the Salina Cruz police for allegedly assaulting her partnerand three hours later she was found dead in the municipal separations, supposedly hanged with her underwear.

The Oaxaca Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation folder with a gender perspective to learn about the events that occurred.

“I do not accept that a 30-year-old girl wanted to commit suicide,” said her father, Agustín Hay.

He reported that, so far, he does not know the results of his daughter’s first autopsy.

“My daughter’s body is sacred, and they have to respect that, that’s why I demanded a second intervention and with private experts, because I do not accept that she committed suicide, rather it was a femicide,” he added.

Outside the funeral home, close relatives of Abigail are awaiting the results of the second autopsy.

“They took my sister alive and handed her over to us dead,” said her sister Magy Hay Urrutia, who said there are a number of irregularities surrounding the case.

He denounced that the official experts arrived late and they also did not inform Human Rights personnel, who are monitoring and accompanying the case.

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The only thing we want is justice, my sister is dead, they killed her, we cannot accept that she committed suicide.

Feminist groups and members of civil society requested an exhaustive investigation and the dismissal from the police force for abuses and omissions which led to Abigail’s death.

The Ombudsman for the Human Rights of the People of Oaxaca (DDHPO) condemned the death of Abigail Hay Urrutia and initiated a file DDHPO/121/(21)/OAX/2022 to investigate the actions of the municipal authority.

The autonomous body reported that in addition to Abigail, last weekend, A similar event occurred in Huatulco, since a person identified as Jaime HO was arrested by the local police and passed away hours later due to a blow to the head.

From January 2020 to date, the DDHPO has documented 8 deaths that occurred in municipal jails in Oaxaca or during the detention of people.

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