Newborn twin sisters were mauled to death by a family dog when their mother briefly left the room to talk to a neighbor.
Mother Elaine Novais, 29, a council worker who had struggled to conceive for nine years, left her 26-day-old premature babies in their home in Piripa, in the northeastern state of Bahia, Brazil, last Tuesday, June 23.
She had not been out for long when she heard the girls Anne, and Analu crying. She rushed back to their bedroom but it was too late. The Labrador American Foxhound cross had brutally attacked the girls. Mrs. Novais pulled the jealous dog away from the twin, but it had already caused serious damage to their abdomens.
A nurse who lived nearby performed the first aid on the twins. One died instantly from her injuries and others died at Maria Pedreira Barbosa Municipal Hospital after going into cardiac arrest.
Mrs. Novais collapsed from shock after the death of her babies and she had to be sedated at the hospital.
The dog, described as “docile”, is believed to have become jealous after not receiving as much attention after the birth of the twin. A family member claimed the dog” was left out in a way, and it no longer had the attention and affection of its owners” – reports The Sun.
They added: ” That could have caused some kind of jealousy and led the dog to attack the children.” Anne and Analu died one day before their due date, having arrived a month early via the cessation section.
Police are investigating the death.