A 13-year-old died while giving birth to her father’s child in Brazil.
Police said the girls’ father was physically abusing her since the past four years which impregnated her with his child.
Luana Ketlen passed away on 11th December in the northern region of Coari at a state hospital after being admitted with severe abdominal pains.
Upon diagnosis, doctors found out that she was seven months pregnant, and decided to induce labour after diagnosing her with acute anaemia.
The doctors were able to carry out a successful delivery of a baby boy; however, Luana was later found to have excessive water on her lungs, low blood pressure, and cirrhosis of the liver.
She was rushed to a specialist hospital 225 miles away by air ambulance but passed away en route.
Her father, Tome Faba, aged 36 tried to escape the city soon after Luana’s death but was apprehended a week later hiding out in Coari city after police released a wanted poster.
José Barradas, the local police chief told reporters, “The teenager lived with her parents in a rural area outside the city.
“She did not realise, until two months ago when she began to feel pains in her abdomen, that she was five months pregnant.
“Luana claimed she was ordered to go fishing with her father and was allegedly brutally molested by him while there.”
Barradas said that Faba threatened to kill the girl if she told anyone about the molestation.
MOTHER ‘REFUSED TO BELIEVE GIRL’
Even though Luana was frightened by her father’s threat, she decided to talk to her mother about the incident.
Luana told her mother about the molestation after the pregnancy began to change her body.
Luana’s aunt persuaded her to say who had fathered the child.
According to the reports, her mother refused to believe Luana’s complain that Faba had been abusing their daughter.
Barradas continued: “Members of the family tried to step in and protect the child by alerting social services.
“They reported the abuse to police and a warrant was issued for Tome’s arrest but before it could be executed Luana’s health deteriorated and she died shortly after childbirth.”
Faba has been charged with child abuse and manslaughter and presented in court on 27th December.
Reports of the incident has spread throughout the city and locals were seen expressing their outrage outside court during the appearance.
Police said that despite a premature birth, the baby is in an excellent condition and the hospital’s neonatal unit is entirely taking care of the baby.
According to doctors, he is “strong and already breathing without a ventilator”.
Authorities are yet to decide whether the baby boy will be left in the custody of relatives.