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Couple cuts 1-year-old boy’s tongue and lips before blaming evil spirits for his murder

By Mason White 10:22 AM October 28, 2015
Tereza Lackova and Marek Holub 

By: Mahesh Sarin
A couple was arrested on a charge of murder after killing a 1-year-old boy in their home, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 20-year-old Tereza Lackova and 28-year-old Marek Holub of Leicester, have been sentenced to serve a combined 25 years in prison after admitting to the killing of 14-month-old Santino Balaz.

According to the police investigation, Balaz was brought to the country by his mother from the Czech Republic.

Four months later, his mother returned back to her country and Balaz was left in the care of his sister Lackova and boyfriend Holub.

On the day of the killing, Lackova went to a neighbor and asked to call an ambulance as Balaz was not breathing. The victim was taken to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Doctors at the hospital noticed a large number of injuries to the child’s face and body as well as cuts to his nose, tongue and lip.

The police were notified and an investigation into the death was launched. After the couple was arrested, they blamed each other as well as evil spirits for having caused the injuries.

Holub pleaded guilty to murder, causing or allowing the death of a child and two counts of cruelty to a person under 16 years old.

He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 20 years in prison.

Lackova pleaded guilty to causing or allowing the death of a child and was sentenced to serve 5 years in prison.