Father of teen brothers jailed in Mexico says their mental condition is declining

By The Star Staff

Luis Zapata, the father of two young Puerto Rican brothers arrested in Mexico for an alleged sexual assault, said in an interview with “Telenoticias” (Telemundo) that the mental health of his sons “is at stake.”

“After I get out of there [from jail], I come out a little depressed and that’s why I go to the room to release that stress,” Zapata said in a report published Monday by the Puerto Rico newspaper Metro. “It’s very complicated. A lot of emotional clashes. The first thing he asks me is if I spoke with the lawyer. I hug them, I give them a kiss …”

Zapata also said that every day he visits his sons, Luis and Eric, who are 18 and 19 years old, he sees them “more downcast.”

“Physically they are fine, but mentally they are already weak and their attitude is slower, lower,” the elder Zapata said. “Every day I go, I see them more down. Their mental health is at stake there.”

At press time Monday, it was expected that late Monday or today a judicial hearing was to be held in the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula, in which the defense attorneys hope to present evidence to clear the young brothers of the charges.

The alleged victim is a 17-year-old girl who lives in the state of Mérida.

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