A 2-year-old boy has died after being violently beaten and raped, and police have arrested his mother and her boyfriend in connection with the horrific assault.
WYFF-TV reports that the child was discovered dead at a South Carolina home on Saturday.
Police officers who arrived at the home found the boy’s body “brutally beaten” and covered with injuries.
The child also had been “brutally sexually molested” before he died, according to investigators.
Police on Saturday arrested the boy’s mother, Jessica Blake Smith, and her boyfriend, William Ryan Looper.
Looper has been charged with murder, two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child and first-degree sexual conduct with a minor.
As for Smith, she is facing charges of homicide by child abuse and two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.
Laurens County Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Wilkie said in a written statement that the case is “by far the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”
“This incident brought tears to the eyes of our investigators and what these individuals did to this child is unimaginable!” he said.
Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds also issued a statement in which he expressed disgust toward the mother and her boyfriend.
“These animals, who are possessed with pure evil, have no place in our society,” Reynolds said. “There is no rehabilitation for people this evil. I’m sure God has a place for these broken individuals, as he does for these precious children.”
Two other children were found in the home, according to the television station.