Newborn twin sisters were mauled to death by a family dog when their mother briefly left the room to talk to a neighbour.
Devastated mum Elaine Novais, 29, rushed to help her babies after hearing their cries from her bedroom, but it was too late to save them. She dragged the dog away to stop the attack but the dog had already managed to inflict critical damage to their abdomens.
She and her husband Regis, 32, had been trying for nine years to have children.
The twin girls, Anne and Analú, died on June 23, the day they were scheduled to be born by caesarean, having arrived a month early.
A neighbour, a nursing assistant, administered first aid before they were rushed to hospital. Doctors confirmed that one of the twins had died instantly from her wounds while the other was gravely injured and suffered a cardiac arrest, with the medical team unable to save her.
Shocked relatives said the dog, a Labrador and American foxhound cross, had been the family’s pet for five years and was usually docile.
But since the arrival of the twins, the dog is believed to have become jealous after losing affection from his owners.
Police in Brazil say they are investigating the deaths, but are yet to take testimonies from the grieving parents.
The council in Piripá, which is home to just 1,000 people, said in a statement on social media: “In the face of this immeasurable loss, we express our condolences and sympathy with parents Elaine and Regis, and their friends and family in this moment of sadness and pain.
“May God comfort your hearts and give you the strength to transform all the pain of this irreparable loss into faith and hope.”