Breastfed baby died ‘after father gave mother rat poison and killed three-month-old child,’ say Brazilian police
- Luiz Edivaldo de Souza, 35, is charged with the murder of his wife and son
- He is said to have put rat poison in her food after she filed for divorce
- Josiele Lopes then breastfed her son and passed on the poison unknowingly
- De Souza drove them to the forest and buried the bodies of mother and baby
- The court rules that he will be tried by jury in his hometown of Itapema, Brazil
A Brazilian woman and her three-month-old baby died after her husband allegedly gave her rat poison.
Luiz Edivaldo de Souza, 35, is accused of murdering his wife Josiele Lopes, 36, and their baby boy in Itapema, Brazil, by putting rat poison in her food.
Lopes was breastfeeding at the time and it is believed that the poison also killed the baby by contaminating her milk.
Luiz Edivaldo de Souza (left) reportedly murdered his wife and son (right and center) by putting rat poison in her food
Josiele Lopes (above) ate the food laced with rat poison before breastfeeding her son and passing on the poison unknowingly
De Souza was charged with murder in October and a court ruled this week that he will be tried by a jury in his hometown of Itapema.
Police believe he committed the crime because his wife filed for divorce.
Lopes and her baby went missing on September 15 last year. Police discovered their bodies a week later, on September 23.
During that time, De Souza, then 34, sent messages to the relatives of his wife posing as her, before blocking their contacts.
Lopes eldest son, 17 years old, reported the matter to the police, which led to an investigation.
The bodies of Lopes and her baby (above) were found by police after De Souza allegedly buried them in the woods
Lopes, 36, (above) allegedly filed for divorce with her husband before putting rat poison in her food
De Souza will face murder in his hometown of Itapema, Brazil, after allegedly poisoned his wife (above)
They concluded that De Souza had enriched his wife’s food with rat poison and that she breastfed her son with her contaminated breast milk after eating.
Lopes then began to feel ill and asked her husband to take her to the hospital.
Instead, he drove them to a wooded area in Rio dos Cedros, some 73 miles from their home in Itapema. By the time they arrived, both Lopes and the baby were dead, and De Souza subsequently buried the bodies.
De Souza’s legal team has until the end of next week to appeal the court’s decision for a jury trial.
If the decision is not appealed, the court will set a date for the trial, where the accused will respond to allegations of murder, concealment of the body and procedural fraud.