A desperate mother, who had pleaded for her disabled daughter not to be left to sleep rough with her after their latest home eviction, was apparently driven to help her kill herself last week ahead of trying to take her own life.
In the tragic story, both mother, Carmen, and daughter, Ana, are safe, both recovering from injuries that the mother supposedly inflicted on their wrists. An initial charge of attempted murder was dropped against her and changed to assisting in a suicide. In the pact, the daughter's severe disability prevented her taking her own life without her mother's assistance. The mother's custody of the daughter has been withdrawn.
Mother and daughter had been sleeping rough for several days in the doorway of Torremolinos town hall and have been well known to council social workers since 1991. Both women had been evicted from a series of flats for not paying the rent and had received a range of help. A road sweeper found the women in a pool of blood.