A former gymnast is set to go on trial by jury for killing her newborn baby girl by throwing her down a sixth-floor rubbish chute after sending messages to her partner complaining she did not want “another mouth to feed”.
Ana Carolina Moraes da Silva, 29, who already had a three-year-old daughter, and her ex-partner, Guilherme Bronhara Martinez Garcia, will face trial for the crime that took place in the south-eastern Brazilian coastal municipality of Santos in June 2018.
The newborn baby girl’s body was found inside a waste container in front of the building where the then-couple lived shortly after the crime took place.
The baby girl’s body was found wrapped up in newspapers inside a black bin bag sealed with a hairband. According to the police, she was killed just hours after being born.
Coroners gave the cause of death as the fall from the sixth floor, given the newborn showed signs of head trauma.
Silva has been held in a women’s prison in the municipality of Tremembe since the month following the crime. She is accused of homicide – allegedly motivated because she did not want to raise the baby – and concealment of the corpse.
If found guilty, she could face 30 years in prison.
Garcia, who was living with Silva at the time, is accused of helping her to hide from justice, as he told police that she and her three-year-old daughter were in another municipality at the time.
WhatsApp messages viewed by investigators showed how Silva was dissatisfied with her daughter and did not want “another mouth to feed”.
Later messages sent from Garcia to Silva read “You killed my daughter”, followed by “Get rid of it”.
Silva’s lawyer, Leticia Giribelo Gomes do Nascimento, has complained that it took 98 days since the birth of the youngster for her mother to be submitted to a psychiatric test.
She has also complained that her client has been in preventive detention for three years without trial or conviction.
She has also argued that her client has no prior criminal record and needs to take care of her other daughter, who is currently being looked after by her grandparents.
She argued that her client committed the crime due to postpartum depression.
Silva herself had earlier claimed that she thought she had suffered a miscarriage and disposed of the baby’s body so as not to scare her other daughter.
Silva is also reported to have had depressive episodes prior to her pregnancy, though never sought treatment.
She also attempted suicide in jail upon her preventive detention.
The prosecution however believes the crime was premeditated.
The State of Sao Paulo Gymnastics Federation responded to a request from Newsflash, but was unable to provide details of Silva’s gymnastics career, which was referenced in all the stories about her in local media.
The date of the trial will be decided upon in the coming days.
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