A drunken mother who smothered her baby daughter to death when she passed out on top of her after a boozy night out is being held by police in Brazil.
The tragic two-month-old was found dead at the family home in Povoado Pratinha – a village in a rural part of Urucuri – on 31st January.
Police said the mother had arrived home drunk and had fallen asleep on top of the infant girl.
A post-mortem examination later gave her cause of death as asphyxiation.
The baby’s father fled the family home but contacted Civil Police a short while later.
He was found not to have had any involvement with the child’s death.
However, he was booked for allegedly assaulting the baby’s mother, who was found to have an unspecified injury.
Both parents are being held at the Civil Police Station in Urucui. The mother has a custody hearing today (2nd February).
Civil Police chief Natan Cardoso told local media: “The woman is very shaken. Perhaps the mother will be pardoned. It is up to the judiciary to make a decision.”
At the time of reporting, police were withholding the names of those involved.