A young mother who had her unborn child stolen from her womb has now been reunited with her baby.
Brazilian Odete Barreto, 22, was 37 weeks pregnant when her friend, Daiana dos Santos, 21, lured her to her house with the promise of free baby clothes. However, once Barreto was inside the house, Santos knocked her out by hitting her over the head with a wooden plank and then used a razor blade to slice open Barreto's belly before tearing out the baby and leaving the mother for dead.
Santos took the baby into the street and claimed that it was hers. Shocked neighbors had rushed inside the house and found Barreto in a pool of blood and frantically called emergency services. She was then rushed to the hospital where she stayed for 15 days in intensive care in Manaus, Brazil.
Authorities said that Santos became desperate when doctors told her on September 27 that she wasn't pregnant as she had believed. Santos had met Barreto at the same health clinic where she had been given the bad news and convinced her victim to come back to her house.
"Doctors told her that she wasn't pregnant but that her bump was actually a myoma," Police Chief Adriano Feliz said, according to The Sun. Feliz became hysterical and wanted to get a child any way she could.
"She was terrified that her husband would leave her when he discovered she wasn't expecting after all," Feliz said.
Barreto saw her baby for the first time on Wednesday when they were both released from the hospital and Santos is now in isolation in Manaus' Anisio Jobin women's prison. Santos is being charged with attempted murder.
Published by Medicaldaily.com