Four members of the same family have beenarrested after a nine-year-old boy was beaten todeath at his home in the eastern French city ofMulhouse.
Police sources told local media that the boy hadrefused to do his homework and was hit with abroom handle.
The boy's elder brother, sister and stepsister were all present at the time of the incident.
Although his mother was not there, she too has been arrested and was aware of what wasgoing on, reports say.
But the family's initial accounts of what had happened and the ensuing post-mortemexamination prompted police to continue their investigation.
Bruises were discovered on the boy's body, particularly on his feet, according to Alsace websiteDNA.
Although he had suffered a cardiac arrest, pathologists said the cause of death had been theblows he had suffered, DNA reported.