Victim: Perolla Pires (photo), an 11-year-old from Brazil who died after being forced into a brutal fasting regime
A heartbreaking diary kept by an 11-year-old girl reveals how she suffered from the brutal fasting regime of her parents in the last months before she died of hunger.
Perolla Pires would have been without food and water for days due to her religious fanatic parents in Brazil.
In 300 handwritten pages with diaries, she tells how her parents let her pray in silence for hours and did heavy exercises to punish her & # 39; while she was already malnourished.
The 11-year-old died in the hospital last month, and her 26-year-old mother Aline and 47-year-old stepfather Enri have been accused of causing her death.
Police inspector Ricardo Mamede said he believed Perolla & # 39; long-term torture & # 39; had undergone.
& # 39; The stepfather has strong religious beliefs and believed that the children should be saved, fear more God, and purify themselves & # 39 ;, said the police officer.
& # 39; He claimed that this could only be done by fasting. & # 39;
The child was reportedly locked up in her room in the family apartment in Ubatuba and punished with a strict routine when accused of & # 39; bad manners & # 39; and & # 39; lying & # 39 ;.
Her eight-year-old burden was reportedly disciplined and taken care of.
The police were informed by emergency doctors about the plight of the girl after her parents took her to the hospital on October 24, five months after she last went to school.
The medical team claimed that she arrived lifeless and pale and was found dead on investigation.
An autopsy indicated the cause of death as protein calorie malnutrition (PCM), which is severe and prolonged hunger.
Heartbreaking: in 300 handwritten pages with diaries (some of them pictured) the girl tells how her parents forced her to pray for hours in silence
The couple initially denied responsibility and there are suggestions that they intended to blame doctors.
Mamede said: & # 39; Enri claimed that his stepdaughter died of anemia and did not blame himself because it had happened. He even claims that he would do it again. & # 39;
The police who searched the apartment, however, found the girl's diary hidden in her scarcely decorated room, with only a rubber mat on the floor in front of a bed where she had been imprisoned since at least June this year.
The girl's mother apparently broke down when she was confronted with the diary that was dedicated to her.
The mother is said to have tortured & # 39; tortured & # 39; and her child ordered drinking water after she had begged for food. She later claimed & # 39; sorry & # 39; to be for what had happened.
Some images of the contents of the diary, with drawings of her exercises and pictures of hearts, were released after the girl's death.
However, a more detailed version will be withheld for the time being as it will be used as evidence in the case.
Suspects: 47-year-old stepfather Enri (left) and 26-year-old mother Aline (right) of the girl have been accused of causing her death
The police officer said: “We believe that Perolla was tortured for a long time and died after two days of being famished and forced to practice and pray. But there are indications that she was malnourished for months.
& # 39; In the diary she wrote about regularly doing abdominal muscles and various flexions on an empty stomach. & # 39;
The schoolgirl apparently left the flat only twice in the last five months when she was punished for fasting.
Allegedly, the penalties started denying her one meal and then increasing it to two until the fast extended over several days.
To correct their behavior, the children had to pray and do exercises, and the ruthless regime allegedly led to the girl's death.
Mamede said: & # 39; In the last fast she kept asking for something to eat. When she complained about hunger, she was told to drink water.
& # 39; She said she had drunk water, but was accused of lying and punished for it. & # 39;
Proof: Some images of the diaries (such as this one) have been released while others have been withheld because they will be used as evidence in the case
While searching the apartment, the police found another script, allegedly written by the couple, describing how they would justify their actions to authorities.
The principal investigator said: & # 39; This report shows that Aline and Enri intended to lie and claim that their daughter had anemia. The plan to blame her death for doctors' negligence. & # 39;
The couple has been detained for physical abuse, torture, unlawful imprisonment and intellectual abandonment.
Heartbreak said she was denied access to the children and was not aware of the developing tragedy.
Perolla was buried last Saturday with hundreds of residents from the city who were found to pay their respects.
The victim's brother has been placed in social service and is likely to be adopted by family members.
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