The mum who was arrested for fatally stabbing her two sons aged 6 and 3 had wished her eldest “many years of life” on social media three days before the alleged crime.
Cops believe Stephany Ferreira Peixoto, 36, stabbed her two sons to death in the municipality of Guapimirim in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro on 10th January.
It has now emerged that three days earlier, she had taken to social media to wish her older son Bruno Leonardo Ferreira da Silva a happy birthday and a long life.
The post read: “To many years of life and happiness in your life.” And she also posted photos of herself with her sons with hashtags such as ‘Loves of My Life’ and ‘My Family’.
She also wrote: “Today’s your day, my love. Happy birthday, my big boy. May God continue blessing you. You’re a lovely boy… Thank you, God, for this blessing.”
On his brother Arthur Moises Ferreira da Silva’s birthday in March last year, his mum had written: “You came as a miracle, [it was] a risky pregnancy. God is so perfect that He gave you to me to complete my life.”
According to the Civil Police (Brazil’s investigative police force), Peixoto had tried to take her own life by slashing her wrists after allegedly killing her boys.
She reportedly called the boys’ father at the time to tell him she was killing herself, prompting him to rush to the home, where he was unable to gain entry.
Cops later managed to enter the residence after neighbours called them. However, the officers were only able to find the woman bloodied and the children already dead.
The mother was taken to the Jose Rabello de Mello Municipal Hospital under police custody, and the police seized a knife from the crime scene in the neighbourhood of Paiol.
She will be charged with double murder, and investigators are still trying to ascertain the crime’s motive. The police have said a neighbour overheard a heated argument on Friday, 7th January, but no conclusions have yet been drawn.
The brothers were buried in the Bananal Municipal Cemetery in Guapimirim on Tuesday, 11th January. Some 300 people were reported to have attended the funeral.
At the same time, the mother was taken to the Gericino prison complex in the neighbourhood of Bangu in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where she awaits a custody hearing.