Woman raped and son, 4, beaten to death on beach walk in afternoon

A woman was raped and her young son beaten to death after the pair were attacked as they enjoyed an afternoon walk on the beach.

A 44-year-old and her son, 4, were walking on Cueva de los Leones beach in Puerto Deseado, Argentina at 4pm on Friday.

They were confronted by two men who pelted stones at them, before one of the attackers reportedly tied her up and raped her while the other held a knife to the boy.

Both victims were then battered with rocks and left for dead.

She reportedly survived the brutal assault by pretending to be dead, but the child tragically died from his head injuries.

His mother is currently recovering in hospital.

She lives in Rosario de la Frontera, Salta, which is more than 1,800 miles away from the beach on which she was attacked. She had been visiting her eldest son at the time.

Her husband, a carpenter, said she often walks on the beach with the boy.

"I don't know what to do," he told local media.

"I'm very hurt… She went for a walk, she liked to go to the coast to walk with the boy. I can't believe it."

Police have arrested a 24-year-old man and a 16-year-old teenager on suspicion of murder.

The city of Salta, which has just 22,000 residents, is in mourning after learning of the tragedy.

Neighbours have paid tribute to the woman who was well-known in the area, and have been described as a respected and hard-working family.

Women's rights activists in Argentina have organised protests and marches in response to the horrific attack, calling for justice for the woman and her boy.

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