Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

A three-year-old girl who was allegedly stabbed by her own mother was still alive when she was thrown into a river, investigators say.

The lifeless body of Manuella Minuto Aguiar was found by a passerby on Barreto Beach in the coastal city of Macae in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro on November 28.

The girl’s mother, Karine da Silve Minuto, 25, was thought to have stabbed her daughter to death, and the woman’s father said she had been behaving strangely for several days.

However, the autopsy has now concluded that the young Manuella died of drowning, leading police to believe she was still alive when she was stabbed and thrown into the Macae River.

Manuella, 3, was reportedly killed by her own mother, Karine de Silve Minuto.  Source: Australscope / Newsflash

Manuella, 3, was reportedly killed by her own mother, Karine de Silve Minuto. Source: Australscope / Newsflash

The Macae River meets the ocean at Barreto Beach, where her body travels downstream until she rests on the sand. The shocked spectator who spotted her body called the fire department.

The fire department had also received a call from the victim’s grandfather, who in the morning incident had been taken home to his daughter, but found no one home.

He then found her riding on his bike alone as he was on his way back to his own home. When he asked her where his granddaughter was, she reportedly replied, “Manuela is in heaven.”

The mother allegedly shared custody of the girl with her ex-husband, the girl’s father. She has confessed to her crime to the police, but otherwise remained silent during the interrogation.

The little girl’s father had, according to local media, first returned her to his mother the morning of the day she died.

The mother was arrested by police on the day of the alleged crime and remains in custody while the investigation continues.

-Australscope / Newsflash

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