A childless couple who couldn’t have children pretended they were about to have a baby before kidnapping a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from her belly, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Thaina da Silva Pinto, 21, and her husband Fabio Luiz Lima are believed to have murdered 22-year-old Rayanni Christini Costa and her unborn child after luring her with false promises of charity.
Rayanni Christini Costa, died when the ‘good samaritan’ couple turned out to be devils who wanted her unborn child even at the cost of the lives of both mother and child
Cops say Thaina da Silva Pinto and Fabio Luiz Lima lured Rayanni Christini Costa, to their home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, promising to donate baby clothes to the poor mum-to-be before attacking her.
Authorities in Brazil believe the pair had planned to cut the seven-month-old baby from Rayanni’s womb before killing the mother, but the baby also died after they sliced into the woman’s belly.
Investigators yesterday found the charred bodies of who they believe to be Rayanni, who disappeared two weeks ago, and her baby at the garden of the couple’s home in Rio de Janeiro.
Pinto, who had been married to Lima for three years, had reportedly convinced friends and family that she was pregnant with a girl after posting pictures on social networking sites showing her with an enlarged belly. In one Facebook post she published photos of baby clothes and the caption: “Come soon my princess!”
Pinto set the stage by pretending to be pregnant for months, posting of her excitement of Facebook
But in reality Pinto, who according to friends had always dreamed of becoming a mother, had been told by doctors that she couldn’t have children because she had cysts on her ovaries.
Investigators discovered that Pinto set a plan in motion to acquire a baby by other means when she switched on to social networking groups to make contact with other poor, young mothers in Rio de Janeiro.
She joined WhatsApp groups for people wanting to donate baby items such as clothes, nappies and toys.
The alleged attackers created a false online image of charitable Christians are said to have lured the expectant mum to this property with promises of donations of baby items
7-month pregnant Rayanni Christini Costa is believed to have been killed after the attempt to cut her baby out alive, failed
She had arranged to meet some of the other women, but had always called off meetings after finding out they would be coming accompanied by friends, frustrating the couple’s plans.
Events changed on December 13, when single mother Rayanni Costa left her home in the Bangu area of the city on her own, after dropping off her three-year-old daughter at the crèche, saying she was going to collect donations for her baby.
After meeting at the Central do Brasil train station in central Rio, Pinto convinced Costa to accompany her back to the couple’s home, where husband Lima was waiting.
Cops believe that, after cutting through Rayanni’s belly, the couple discovered she was only seven months pregnant, not eight-and-a-half as she had told them.
Police chief Elen Souto, from Rio’s Department of Missing Persons, said a knife was found in the home and there were pools of blood in several rooms.
She said: “We believe that they tried to force Rayanni’s labour. In this process, the baby died. So they killed the mother too.”
Investigators were shocked at how “cold” the couple were, Chief Souto said.
The couple are said to have lured their alleged victim back to their home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Investigators found what they believe to be the scorched bodies of Rayanni and her unborn baby
She said: “They are cold, calculating and showed no regret.
“She [Pinto] held her ground for more than 20 hours saying she was pregnant.
“There appears to be a level of psychopathy there, as she also deceived her own family, telling them on previous occasions that she was pregnant.
“There are photos of Thaina on social network sites in which she appears with a swollen belly.
“We still don’t know if she took any medication to become that way or if it was a case of psychological pregnancy, which is possible because her mother has also had these symptoms in the past.”
Pinto and Lima have been arrested, charged with double homicide and concealment of corpses.