Pregnant mum dies after petrol poured on home and set alight

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A pregnant woman has died as police continue to hunt for her husband who allegedly poured petrol on their house and set it alight.

Badly burnt Paula Santos Pereira, 25, succumbed to cardiopulmonary arrest in hospital in the Brazilian municipality of Sinop last Saturday (local time).

Her husband is alleged to have poured petrol on their house in a rural part of the municipality of Claudia and set it alight with the pregnant woman still inside in the early hours of April 9.

Paula Santos Ferreira is pictured.
Pregnant mother Paula Santos Ferreira, 25, has succumbed to her injuries after her husband alleged poured petrol on their house and set it alight. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

With burns to 90 per cent of her body, Ms Pereira was taken to a local hospital where she suffered a miscarriage, losing her unborn baby of five months.

Given the seriousness of her condition, she was transferred to a hospital in Sinop, where she remained interned before dying.

Staff at the hospital in Claudia had initially been informed Ms Pereira had been burnt while trying to light the woodstove at her rural property.

But police officers were not convinced by this version of events, instead suspecting the victim's 29-year-old husband, Orlando Martins de Souza, of intentionally starting the blaze.

Ms Pereira lived in the house with her children and Souza, who worked as a housekeeper at a nearby property and who also reportedly suffered burns in the blaze, after which he allegedly fled the scene.

According to the police, Souza has a criminal record including two homicides. 

He had been ankle-tagged, but had managed to remove the device six months ago.

The names of the victim's children are unknown and their health status is unclear. It is not known who is now caring for them. 

The police investigation is ongoing and they have already heard from one of the victim's daughters.

A manhunt for Souza is also ongoing.

– Australscope

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