Newborn found dead after his mother, 20, ‘tossed him out an apartment window moments after giving birth’
- Police in São Paulo, Brazil, arrested a woman who reportedly threw her newborn son out of a second floor apartment after giving birth
- Cristiane Pereira told Brazilian news outlet G1 that she was looking through the building’s garbage bin when she discovered the baby boy in a bag
- The 20-year-old mother, whose name was not released by the police, was taken to a hospital where she was placed under psychiatric observation
- The police in the city of Praia Grande said the coroner’s office will conduct tests to determine if the child was alive when the mother tossed him out
A 20-year-old woman has been arrested in Brazil after police said she threw her newborn son from her second-floor apartment building.
Police in the São Paulo coastal city of Praia Grande were called to the condominium Thursday afternoon after a building worker discovered the boy inside a bag while she was checking through garbage bins.
Cristiane Pereira, 46, told Brazilian news outlet G1 that she first lifted the bag and noticed that there was a lot of blood in the bin. Thinking that it was just fresh meat, she decided not to inspect what was inside.
Police were called to a building in São Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday after workers at the condominium discovered the body of a newborn boy inside a garbage bin after it was tossed out of a second-floor apartment. The 20-year-old mother was placed under arrest and charged with infanticide
Cristiane Pereira, who works at a condominium (pictured) in Praia Grande, Brazil, told Brazilian news outlet G1 that she first thought there was fresh meat inside the bag the newborn was stuffed into before she noticed the baby boy’s foot
She later approached the building janitor who walked her to the garbage bin before making the gruesome discovery.
‘I started to open and saw a child’s foot,’ Pereira said.
‘I even started to shake, because I never imagined going through that moment. I’m a mother. As I will have grandchildren too, I will never want this to happen to my family,’ she added. ‘I couldn’t eat anything. That image does not come out of my head at any time, that child in a plastic bag all rolled up.’
Investigators with the Praia Grande civil police are unsure whether the boy was stillborn or if the mother had made an attempt at an abortion.
TV Santa Cecilia reported the mother was charged with infanticide and could serve two to six years in prison if convicted.
The body was taken to the coroner’s office where tests were ordered to determine if the child was alive before his death.
The newborn’s mother was taken to Irmã Dulce Hospital where she was placed under psychiatric evaluation.