A nine-year-old boy was beaten to death by his relatives in eastern France for refusing do his homework, prosecutors said.
Three members of his family and his brother's girlfriend were arrested on Wednesday over the boy's death on September 17.
The boy's mother, 20-year-old sister, 19-year-old brother, and the brother's girlfriend were taken into custody over his death at his home in the city of Mulhouse.
His mother was not at home at the time but was arrested for questioning.
The circumstances of his death are still unclear but prosecutors believe he was badly beaten for refusing to do his homework.
An autopsy showed the beating as the probable cause of death.
The boy's sister, brother and the brother's girlfriend called emergency services, but paramedics were unable to revive him.
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