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Mother, 37, charged with murdering her son, 3, in Brazil

Brazilian mother, 37, is charged with murdering her three-year-old son who was ‘choked and beaten’

  • Andréia Freitas was charged Thursday with the intentional homicide of her three-year-old son, Gael de Farias, in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Freitas had given a bottle to her son the morning of May 10 and then allegedly beat him in her apartment’s kitchen
  • She tried to kill herself by consuming house cleaning liquids and was found unresponsive in her bathroom
  • The child was rushed to a local hospital and was declared dead after doctors spent half hour trying to save his life
  • The São Paulo state prosecutor Neudival Mascarehna said Freitas also choked her son
  • Freitas was arrested May 11 and has been in prison ever since. She is expected to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, Mascarehna said

Authorities in the southeastern Brazilian state of São Paulo charged a 37-year-old mother with murdering her three-year-old son before she tried to kill herself.  

State prosecutor Neudival Mascarehna formally accused Andréia Freitas on Thursday with intentional homicide. 

It’s alleged that on May 10, the mother-of-two was at home with her youngest son, Gael de Farias, at the family’s 11th floor apartment in the downtown São Paulo neighborhood of Bela Vista, when she beat him to death, according to Brazilian news outlet Extra Globo.

Freitas was briefly hospitalized at Mandaqui Hospital and then arrested May 11 after the police took her testimony.

Mascarehna also ordered a full mental evaluation of Freitas, who has been placed in pre-trial detention.

Freitas could face between 12 to 20 years in prison if she is convicted. 

Gael de Farias was allegedly killed by his mother, Andréia Freitas, at the family’s apartment in São Paulo, Brazil, on May 10. She was formally charged with his murder on Thursday, and will have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation

Andréia Freitas was charged on Thursday with the intentional homicide of her three-year-old son Gael de Farias. She allegedly attacked her son at their home the morning of May 10 and also attempted to commit suicide by locking herself in the bathroom and drinking house cleaning liquids. She was rushed to a local hospital and discharged before she was arrested May 11

Andréia Freitas was charged on Thursday with the intentional homicide of her three-year-old son Gael de Farias. She allegedly attacked her son at their home the morning of May 10 and also attempted to commit suicide by locking herself in the bathroom and drinking house cleaning liquids. She was rushed to a local hospital and discharged before she was arrested May 11

Freita’s aunt, María Nanete, told police investigators that her niece had given a bottle to de Farias the morning of the murder when the boy followed his mother to the kitchen.

The 73-year-old woman said she initially thought the child was crying because he wanted to be carried by his mother, and later heard loud noises.

Nanete thought the banging noise was coming from an apartment next door and subsequently heard the sound of a broken glass object. She then rushed to the kitchen and discovered Farias lying on the floor.

She was unable to get any answers out of Freitas, who then locked herself in a room and drank house cleaning liquids, according to a São Paulo Civil Police report.

Paramedics rushed an unresponsive de Farias to a Santa Casa Hospital, where doctors attempted to save his life for half hour before declaring him dead. Doctors who treated the child said he suffered trauma and a fractured skull.

The police report indicated that Freitas had marks on her arms, which suggested that de Farias attempted to defend himself while his mother beat him.

Her lawyer Fabio Costa told newspaper Folha Agora that the mother learned of her son’s death while she was in jail.

Costa added that Freitas had undergone a psychiatric assessment in February 2012 and was diagnosed with ‘bipolar affective disorder with manic episodes and psychotic symptoms.’

Doctors who attempted to save Gael de Farias' life said he suffered trauma and a fractured skull.

Doctors who attempted to save Gael de Farias’ life said he suffered trauma and a fractured skull.

Andréia Freitas underwent a mental evaluation in February 2012 and was diagnosed with 'bipolar affective disorder with manic episodes and psychotic symptoms'

Andréia Freitas underwent a mental evaluation in February 2012 and was diagnosed with ‘bipolar affective disorder with manic episodes and psychotic symptoms’

Felipe de Farias with his son, the late Gael de Farias, who was allegedly killed by his ex-wife

Felipe de Farias with his son, the late Gael de Farias, who was allegedly killed by his ex-wife

Felipe de Farias, who was married to Freitas for a year and five months before he separated from her when the boy was six-months-old, told the newspaper that he did not understand his ex-wife’s motives.

‘I’m sure she was not in her right mind,’ de Farias said. ‘She would never do that consciously. Andréia loved Gael and her other daughter very much.’

He described the child ‘as very intelligent’ and mentioned that he only seen his son three times since December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘I hope she pays for what she did even if she doesn’t remember what happened,’ de Freitas said.

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