Mom get 32 months of probation for taping flares to her son

Argentinian mom-of-four filmed taping FLARES to her six-year-old son’s waist to sneak them into a soccer game avoids jail as she’s handed just two-and-a-half years probation

  • The mother, identified as Laura, was filmed taping a set of flares to her six-year-old son’s abdomen on Saturday afternoon 
  • She was hoping to smuggle the flares into the Copa Libertadores final match 
  •  Video, filmed by passing motorist, was  shared on social media and caught the attention of Argentine authorities, who quickly set up a manhunt 
  • The 37-year-old was arrested Sunday and on Monday, sentenced to probation for two years and eight months  
  • She must also serve 48 hours of community service, undergo psychiatric evaluation
  • The mother is also barred from  attending sporting events with her child held at a large public setting
  • Saturday’s postponed Copa Libertadores final match is expected to be played December 8 or 9 at a site that has yet to be determined

An Argentinian mom who was filmed strapping flares to her six-year-old son’s torso to sneak them inside a soccer match has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years probation.

The married mother-of-four, identified only as Laura by local media, was caught preparing her son to enter the stadium for the Copa Libertadores finals match in Argentina on Saturday.

A concerned passenger had filmed the extremely dangerous moment the 37-year-old mom, from Villa del Parque, attached at least a dozen flares to her son’s waist as he lifted up his River Plate jersey.

Flares have become popular at Argentinian soccer games, but with an ignition temperature of around 376 F, and the capability to burn as hot as 2,900 °F, they can cause serous or even fatal injury.

Laura [left] was released from jail on Monday night and placed on probation for 32 months after she was arrested Sunday for wrapping a set of flares around her six-year-old son 

The boy smiles as he lifts up his River Plate jersey while his mom attaches the flares

The mother was arrested at her home on Sunday and charged with endangering the life of minor.

She appeared in court on Monday where she was sentenced to 32 months probation  and ordered to serve 48 hours of community service. She will also have to undergo psychiatric evaluation, Diario Panorama reports.   

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During the court hearing, Laura said she felt ‘extremely sorry for what happened’.

The mother, a River Plate fan supporter, is also barred from attending sporting events in a large public setting with her son.

Under Argentine law, she could have faced a prison sentence of up to eight years for putting her child’s life at risk.

Fans clashed with riot police after learning that the Copa Libertadores final was postponed. The unruly fans attacked the Boca Juniors’ team bus as it was headed to River Plate’s Estadio Monumental 

Videos showed at least ten fans thought to be involved in trouble detained in a nearby doorway

The first leg at the home of Boca Juniors finished 2-2 but was largely void of any violence inside or outside the stadium.

But Saturday’s second leg was forced into a postponement after the Boca Juniors team bus was hit by stones and missiles, causing glass to injure some of the playing squad with others left nauseous from tear gas used by police on River fans in the streets.

Football’s eyes were fixed on Argentina for the eagerly-anticipated final but the match soon descended into chaos leaving 70,000 fans inside Estadio Monumental disappointed. 

CONMEBOL, the competition’s organizers, delayed the match three times before deciding to postpone the game until 5pm local time on Sunday. 

It was called off again and CONMEBOL, the South American soccer federation, met on Tuesday in Paraguay with presidents from River Plate and Boca Juniors as well the presidents of the Argentine and Paraguayan Football Associations to discuss when they could play.

An Argentine mother-of-four [center] has been told by a court that for the time being she is not allowed to accompany her son [right] attend sporting held in large public setting

Alejandro Dominguez, president of CONMEBOL, said in a statement that the second leg will be played on December 8 or 9 at a site yet to be determined.

The longtime rivals played to a 2-2 draw on November 11.

Former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez was among those attacked with missiles and gas in the ambush.

Tevez reportedly vomited after being rushed off the bus and was filmed clutching at his throat and appearing to have difficulties breathing as he was helped to Boca’s dressing room at River Plate’s stadium.

Two players, including Boca captain Pablo Perez, were taken to hospital with cuts and eye injuries. 


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