A MAN allegedly waited until his wife went into hospital to give birth so he could rape and murder his stepdaughter, it was reported.
The 34-year-old, who has not been named, has been arrested in connection with the murder of six-year-old Ana Paula Soares Marx but reportedly hid past convictions for murdering and raping his own mother.
Ana’s body was found floating in the Preto River in Brazil on the morning of 16th May, three days after she went missing.
Her stepfather, who was already under suspicion over her disappearance, was arrested shortly after her body was found with signs of violence, O Globo reports.
An autopsy carried out on the body revealed the youngster was raped, throttled, her chest compressed, and her jaw was broken.
She was not found with signs of drowning, suggesting she was already dead when her body was thrown into the river.
The girl’s stepfather was reportedly a suspect from the outset, as he was allegedly uncooperative with police during the search for the missing girl.
According to the police, when questioned about his stepdaughter’s possible whereabouts, he replied that “he would not give evidence against himself”.
Relatives of the youngster reportedly told the police that she had never felt at ease with the suspect and had once before tried to run away from home, raising suspicions of sexual abuse.
The police later found that the suspect had a history of sex offences, including a conviction of raping and killing his own mother in 2007.
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A police report was also filed against him for the abuse of a three-year-old child in his hometown of Sao Francisco.
There was no evidence to suggest the victim’s mother knew of the suspect’s criminal past, nor of his possible abuse of her daughter.
The suspect remains in custody as the investigation continues.