A mum strangled her son to death after she told her husband that she and the boy had gone out to buy him new shoes, police have said.
Italian officers said Viviana Parisi, 43, choked four-year-old Gioele until he died before she fell from an electricity pylon.
Turin DJ Viviana had reportedly suffered from anxiety and “feared for the family” during Italy’s strict coronavirus lockdown.
It is also believed that she left her phone at the home in order to stop authorities from tracking her location.
Officers said Viviana had been travelling towards a viaduct on the Messina-Palermo motorway where she had reportedly planned to kill herself.
But, the car became involved in a crash with a van in a tunnel in northern Sicily.
Viviana was described as being “extremely agitated” and was also spotted carrying Gioele in her arms as she climbed over a guard rail and away from the site.
She is then believed to have strangled the child before climbing 50ft up an electrical pylon where she later fell to her death.
The monster mum and her son were reported missing on August 3 and police worked to locate to bodies in the remote wilderness.
Viviana’s body was found five days later with a broken back and covered in animal bites.
Officers managed to find Gioele’s body on August 19, which had been hidden under stones and shrubs.
Police tried to uncover what happened to the mum and son before they said the incident was a murder-suicide.
Dad Daniele Mondello has, however, claimed his wife did not harm their child and added: “Viviana didn’t kill him, she loved him too much.”
He added: "My wife has never touched my son even with a finger. I still believe they were attacked by animals.
"As long as I live and Viviana and Gioele give me the strength to go on. I will fight until my death to know the truth.
"My pain has no boundaries but I am not willing to tolerate more mud on Viviana, me or my family.”
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