A Brazilian girl who was sexually abused by her 36-year-old father for four years died while giving birth to his child, Brazilian police said.
Schoolgirl Luana Ketlen, 13, died in a hospital on December 11, 2019 after she complained of severe abdominal pains. She was rushed to the hospital where doctors discovered she was pregnant.
Luana Ketlen was said to be seven months pregnant when she was rushed to Coari regional hospital.
Doctors diagnosed her with acute anaemia and decided to induce labour and delivered a baby boy – who has survived – before rushing the girl to a specialist care unit. She died while being transported to specialist care unit, Dailymail reported.
Police subsequently issued a warrant for the girl’s father Tome Faba, who allegedly started abusing his daughter when she was just nine.
Faba went on the run before being caught in the city of Coari a week later.
He appeared in court for the first time on December 27 charged with child abuse and manslaughter.
Faba’s family, who live on the outskirts of Coari, said they had no idea about the abuse.
But following delivery, the girl’s health took a turn for the worse and test results found she was suffering from multiple complications including cirrhosis of the liver, water on the lungs and low blood pressure.
Luana died while being airlifted to a specialist hospital in Manaus, the Amazonas state capital, some 225 miles away (363km).
At a press conference, Coari police chief, José Barradas said: ‘The teenager lived with her parents in a rural area outside the city.
‘She did not realize, 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 raped by him while there.’
A relative, who did not want to be identified, described the teenager as innocent and immature, and said she was so traumatized by the abuse that she kept it secret.
It was only when her body started to change and family members became suspicious that she could be pregnant that they uncovered the truth.
Luana was persuaded by an aunt to reveal who the culprit was. But when the girl’s mother heard the news she refused to believe her husband was the father of his daughter’s child.
Chief Barradas alleged that Faba threatened to kill his daughter if she reported what was happening.
Barradas said: ‘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’.
The incident caused outrage in the community with many protesting outside the court during the accused’s appearance.
Social services is yet to determine whether relatives will be given guardianship of the newborn boy.