The women who were preventively arrested this Friday morning (2) for keeping their adopted daughters, a child and a teenager, in a situation of ill-treatment and psychological torture, also deprived the victims of food and carried out attacks against them almost every day, according to the head of the Parnamirim Child and Adolescent Protection Police Station, Ana Gadelha. The Civil Police did not reveal the identities of the two accused women. Unofficial information states that they are professors at UFRN. Both women deny the accusations.
According to the delegate, investigations found that the attacks began to occur a year after the adoption of the child and teenager. The victims (who did not have their ages revealed for reasons of preservation and were the first to be interviewed) detailed their daily lives with the two mothers and revealed that they suffered attacks almost every day. The Police concluded that there is materiality and concrete evidence of the crimes. For this, 17 people were interviewed and expert reports were used.
These attacks occurred both physically and psychologically, according to the delegate. “They reported that they were attacked almost every day in the most diverse ways, and were also beaten. They received insults and threats, so they wouldn’t tell what was happening,” she says.
The child and teenager would also have been burdened with domestic work, being forced to carry out all the household tasks, from cleaning the floor to collecting the rubbish. “Psychological violence also occurred within the scope of the obligation to carry out all domestic services in the house and gardening services as well. It’s not up to a child to be worried about garbage collection, but they were responsible for collecting garbage from the residence”, explained the delegate.
Despite not having been attacked on the day they were rescued by the Guardianship Council, the victims still had marks of old injuries on their bodies. As a result, as Gadelha reported, the corpus delicti was requested urgently.
The police action that culminated in the arrest of the attackers began last Friday (26), when a police report (registered by a caregiver for the children in a city in the interior of RN) reported the case, committed in the city of Parnamirim. The Guardianship Council was called and rescued the victims, sending them to a support home, where they receive psychological and social assistance.” The report was recorded by a person who was hired to monitor these girls. They grew closer while they took a trip out of the country. They created an emotional bond with the caregiver and thus reported events that happened to them”, she explained. The mothers were taken to the police station and denied the attacks. During the week, 17 people were interviewed by the Police.
The head of the DPCA explained that, like the caregiver, the witnesses summoned to give statements were close to the victims. These are witnesses who were in environments such as the school and the neighborhood of which they were part. “These witnesses were close to the girls. They had access to the victims at some point during the period in which they were experiencing the attacks,” she stated.
The children, according to information from the Civil Police, even reported the facts to more than one witness. Witnesses claimed to hear sounds of screams and noises coming from the house where the family lived. They also noticed the behavioral changes in the children caused by the attacks. “Each statement corroborated the facts reported by them. This framework supported the police investigation”, he detailed.
In addition to the testimonies and reports from the victims, the expert report from the Technical-Scientific Institute of Expertise (ITEP) pointed to the existence of marks of aggression on the bodies. Gadelha highlighted that the investigations will continue, with the collection of more testimonies. The police investigation should be completed next week.
Both were indicted for torture, ill-treatment and psychological violence. They must remain detained at least until the conclusion of the investigation. It will be up to the Children and Youth Court to decide for or against maintaining custody of the child and adolescent.
Delegate Helena de Paula, director of the Department for Protection of Groups in Vulnerable Situations, highlighted the importance of reporting cases of violence against children and adolescents. Taking the case as an example, she explained that speed in reporting a case of violence can reduce suffering and increase the effectiveness of police combating these crimes. “Many cases go unreported. This specific case took a long time to be reported and therefore it took a long time for the police authorities to become aware of it. Now, with the creation of police stations and communication channels, we are able to shorten this path to making these complaints,” she said.