A Brazilian court has sentenced a teenage mother and her husband to decades in prison after he beat her three-year-old daughter, Ana Livia Lopes da Silva, to death for wetting the bed, news.com.au reports.
Between them, Christopher Anthony Tavares Coelho, 27, and Leticia Lopes Fonseca, 19, received sentences totalling 61 years for the brutal and senseless slaying of Ana Livia Lopes da Silva in Pocos de Caldas, Brazil, in 2018.
Ana Livia Lopes da Silva’s mother was convicted after she failed to get medical help for the little girl in the wake of the savage beating at the hands of her stepfather.
Coelho beat the child a series of times before ultimately causing her death.
The last and most violent beating killed her after it caused her to have a suspected seizure.
Teen mum jailed after daughter, 3, is beaten to death for wetting bed
The day after the beating that left Ana Livia Lopes da Silva sustaining a seizure, the child pleaded with her mother that she was in pain.
But Fonseca did not take the little girl to seek medical attention.
Only when her aunt and grandmother found Ana Livia Lopes da Silva unconscious later that day was she taken to the hospital, the Daily Mail reports.
The severely abused little girl was having difficulty breathing and had sustained bruises all over her tiny body.
Her grandmother and aunt, who lived next door to the family, found the youngster unconscious and having difficulty breathing and rushed her to hospital.
Cruel stepfather and his teenage girlfriend are jailed for 61 years after beating her daughter, 3, to death for wetting the bed in Brazil
The hospital physicians tried valiantly to save Ana Livia Lopes da Silva’s life.
But their efforts would prove to be in vain.
Immediately after the toddler’s tragic death, Brazilian authorities arrested Foseca and Coelho.
The Daily Star reports that after 17 hours of deliberations, a Pocos de Caldas jury found the mother and stepfather guilty on March 5.
The victim’s stepfather, 27-year-old Christopher Anthony Tavares Coelho, was sentenced to 32 years, one month and 20 days in prison for homicide.
Man and teen girlfriend jailed after ‘beating child to death for wetting the bed’
As for Ana Livia Lopes da Silva’s mother, the court sentenced her to 29 years, two months and 23 days in prison.
Fonseca was convicted of murder for failing to get help for her dying daughter.
Brazilian authorities had already been warned that the couple posed a grave danger to the little girl after the nursery school she attended expressed concerns that she had been abused.
The U.S. Sun reports that the couple remained in jail after their arrests.
Karla Felisberto, public defender for Leticia said: “Regarding the conviction, she was resigned and said that no jail sentence will be greater than the guilt she will bear.”
Man and teen girlfriend beat her three-year-old daughter to death because she wet the bed