Police arrested a couple suspected of beating a three year old girl to death in Acari, north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jamilly Vitória Sousa da Silva was taken to the Getúlio Vargas Hospital in Penha, north of Rio, but she has arrived without life.
The father of the child, 21 year old Luiz Carlos Silva Santos, and 19 year old step mother Ynara de Souza Dionísio, were reportedly caught in the act by police officers of the Irajá Battalion.
According to police, the two were with the girl on Avenida Brasil, near the access to the favela of Acari, when they were approached by military policemen in a car. To the police, they said the girl would have fallen out of bed and hit her head on the floor. The child was unconscious and was taken to the hospital.
On the way to the health unit, the officers noticed bruises on Jamilly’s body, indicating that the child might have been assaulted. The suspicion was furthered enforced by the couple showing no emotion upon learning the the child was dead. Following the questioning by an expert, father and stepmother reportedly confessed to beating the child to death.