The two-year-old Spanish toddler Julen who became trapped in a well for 13 days died from the fall and not the rescue according to judicial sources quoting the latest autopsy report.
This new revelation about the tragic incident which made headlines around the world contradicts the defence of the landowner, who is currently being investigated for “reckless homicide”.
Judicial sources in Spain say the latest autopsy demonstrates that the two-year-old Spanish boy whose dead body was pulled out of a narrow well after 13 days died from the initial fall, disproving the defence of the landowner who has been charged with the tot’s “reckless homicide” and who blamed the brave rescuers for the poor boy’s death.
Toddler Julen Rosello Jimenez’s death made worldwide headlines after he fell down an uncovered well, technically a borehole, just 25 centimetres (10 inches) in diameter on a day out with his family in the countryside near the town of Totalan in the southern Spanish province of Malaga in the Andalusia region.
The youngster was stuck in the well for 13 days before his body was brought to the surface. After an initial autopsy, this latest, definitive one has concluded that the “main cause of death was the fall” and Julen died at around 1.50pm on 13th January, just a few minutes after he fell into the hole.
This definitive autopsy indeed concludes that the tragic toddler only survived for a “very short” time before he passed away.
The four doctors who signed the 25-page autopsy found that the fall caused two injuries to Julen’s head, one to the base of his skull and another to the left part of his head.
They believe the injuries were caused by a protrusion in one of the walls of the well and the doctors say the irregularities in the well meant Julen did not fall freely down the narrow hole.
This factor, along with the elasticity of the skull of a two-year-old boy, explained why he did not have more fractures despite dropping around 73 metres (239 feet).
The autopsy rejects the defence of the only person who is being investigated over the death of the toddler, David Serrano, the owner of the land where the well is located, who is suspected of “reckless homicide”.
Serrano pleaded not guilty and says he never thought a child could fall down the narrow ‘well. The landowner claimed he had placed two concrete bricks at the entrance of the well to try to prevent anyone from stepping in it.
Serrano’s lawyer Antonio Flores previously presented a report from his architect brother Jesus Maria Flores Vila which claims Julen may not have died from the fall but because of the actions of the firefighters come to rescue him.
Vila’s research claimed that a robotic probe sent into the well could have caused Julen’s death by knocking on his head, with Flores saying: “The impact of the tool could have caused his trauma causing his death.”
The autopsy finding that the injuries were to the side and base of Julen’s skull reportedly disprove this theory. The autopsy also found the probe was not sent deep enough to have hit Julen’s head.
The case is ongoing.