A baby boy who drank his mother’s breast milk has died after she was fatally poisoned.
The infant’s father has been accused of killing his estranged wife, 36-year-old Josieli Lopes, with a poisoned piece of meat.
Ms Lopes’ 34-year-old ex-husband, who was not named, was allegedly supposed to move out of their apartment in the seaside resort city of Itapema after they separated.
But he then allegedly decided to kill her when he found out she had another lover who she was planning to move in with.
As Ms Lopes collapsed with the "mystery illness" caused by the poisoned meat, her estranged husband said he would take her and the baby to hospital.
It is alleged he instead he drove them to a remote jungle location and buried them both in the ground when he was sure they were dead.
Ms Lopes’ ex-husband was arrested and he allegedly confessed to the murder a week after the victims were reported missing on September 15.
The bodies of the mother and child were then found buried in the wooded jungle in Rio dos Cedros, Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil, on September 22.
The suspected killer allegedly told police he poisoned her with a piece of meat, but he had not anticipated it would then be transferred to the baby through her breast milk when she fed the child soon after, news outlet ND+ reported.
Under questioning, he allegedly stressed the child’s death was accidental and later showed police where the bodies were buried.
Suspicions rose after the suspect sent messages to the victim’s family from her phone following the alleged murder.
The messages made comments about her moving to a new location after which she was no longer available when they tried to call her back.
Ms Lopes’ teenage son raised the alarm after deciding the message from his mother saying she was moving to the Rio Grande do Sul looked as if they had been composed by someone else.
Police chief Diogo Medeiros said the suspect’s testimony was confusing and there were gaps in his story during interrogation.
The investigation is ongoing.
– with Australscope
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