After sending messages to her husband saying she ‘didn’t want another mouth to feed,’ a Brazilian mother is facing trial for allegedly killing her newborn baby girl by tossing her down a sixth-floor garbage chute.
In June 2018, the body of a newborn baby girl was discovered wrapped in newspapers in a black bin bag secured with a hairband inside a waste container in front of the house in southeastern Santos.
Ana Carolina Moraes da Silva will stand trial alongside her ex-partner Guilherme Bronhara Martinez Garcia, who already has a three-year-old daughter.
The cause of death was determined to be a fall from the sixth floor, as the child showed signs of head trauma.
Since her arrest on suspicion of murder and concealment of the body, Silva has been held in a women’s prison in the municipality of Tremembe. She could be sentenced to 30 years in jail if found guilty.
Garcia, who was staying with Silva at the time, is accused of obstructing her arrest by claiming she and her three-year-old daughter were away.
Investigators reviewed Silva’s WhatsApp messages, which revealed that she was unhappy with her daughter and did not want “another mouth to feed.”
“You killed my daughter,” Garcia wrote in a later message to Silva, followed by “Get rid of it.”
Leticia Giribelo Gomes do Nascimento, Silva’s lawyer, said it took 98 days for medical officials to give the mother a psychological examination after her daughter was born.
She has also expressed her dissatisfaction with her client’s three-year imprisonment without trial or prosecution, claiming that Silva has no previous convictions.
Her client, she said, committed the crime as a result of postpartum depression.
Silva had previously said that she had miscarried and had disposed of the baby’s body to avoid frightening her other daughter.
She has had untreated depressive episodes prior to her pregnancy and attempted suicide in jail during her preventive custody, according to reports.
Prosecutors, on the other hand, say the crime was planned ahead of time.
The trial date will be determined in the coming days.