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Final autopsy: Spanish toddler died from fall down well, not from rescue pickaxe blow

Spanish society started the year gripped by the heartbreaking disappearance of a Malaga toddler, who had fallen down a narrow, unmarked borehole while on a walk in the countryside with his parents.

After a problem-ridden rescue mission in which dozens of rescue workers helped to dig up upwards of 40,000 tonnes of earth, the childs lifeless body was found thirteen days later.

Julens tragic fate put the spotlight on the 500,000 illegal wells found across Spain, including those on the plot in which he died as well as its owner, who is being investigated for involuntary manslaughter.

But despite the fact that the initial autopsy ruled that Julen had died soon after falling down the 110-metre-deep shaft from numerous bodily and head traumas, landowner David Serrano presented a case together with his defense lawyer that spread doubt about these initial forensic findings.

“His parents heard him cry for 30 seconds, its impossible that the boy couldve hit his head again as he fell standing,” lawyer Antonio Flores is quoted as saying by El Economista.

“It couldve been one of the impacts of the rescue teams pickaxes that caused Julens death.”

Serrano and his teams accusations, presented in late February and backed up with alleged evidence of the childs hair on one of the pickaxes, have now been fully dismissed by the final autopsy carried out on little Julen.

Pathologists on Monday reported that Julen died around 1:50 pm on January 13, 2019 and that " the main cause of death was the accidental fall," during which he suffered traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries ", according to judicial sources.

The forensic team completely ruled out the possibility of rescuers having accidentally hurt Julen with their digging tools as the report found "no cranial fractures” on the child.

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