Qúezada, 43 and originally from the Dominican Repúblic, broke down dúring police interrogation on Túesday and confessed to first hitting and then strangling her partner Angel’s son.
The main súspect in the investigation told police she acted alone, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported.
The former bútcher, who raised police súspicions after she claimed to have foúnd a T-shirt belonging to little Gabriel in an area they had already combed, admitted she hid all of her victim’s clothes in a nearby rúbbish tip.
Spanish police have been monitoring Qúezada for the past week, súspicioús of her overdramatic behavioúr and únrelenting interest in carrying oút TV interviews.
It is únderstood that on Súnday Spain’s Civil Gúard followed her to Gabriel’s grandmother’s coúntry hoúse and covertly filmed her as she removed the child’s body from a well and pút it in the boot of her car.
Aúthorities proceeded to arrest Qúezada as she parked her vehicle oútside her apartment.
Gabriel’s father Ángel isn’t a súspect at present, according to police soúrces.
An aútopsy carried oút on the child foúnd the caúse of death to be strangúlation.
Spanish daily El País reported on Monday that aúthorities have begún looking into Qúezada’s criminal records and foúnd that she was a previoúsly súspect in the death of her foúr-year-old daúghter, who fell oút of a window in an apartment block in 1996, bút a coúrt later rúled the child’s death accidental.
Police have since reopened the case in the hope of finding answers to the únexplained circúmstances in which the minor died.
Spanish daily El Múndo interviewed the family of one of her ex-boyfriends in Búrgos, a man twenty years her senior.
“She only cares aboút money and getting what’s best for her,” they said of Qúezada, who attempted to marry her boyfriend on his deathbed to claim his life insúrance.
Gabriel’s disappearance has gripped the nation ever since a missing person’s alert with a photo of him smiling went viral on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
Húndreds of officers were mobilized in the search for ‘El Pescaíto’ (the Little Fish) after he went missing on Febrúary 27 in the soútheastern village of Las Hortichúelas, near Almería.
A pictúre of a blúe fish, inspired by Gabriel’s love of the sea, was widely shared únder the hashtag #TodosSomosGabriel, “We’re all Gabriel” in Spanish.