Millena Iris Santos da Paixão, a 27-year-old woman, has been sentenced to 30 years behind bars in Brazil for stabbing his three-year-old so to death, in an apparent bid to “get revenge” on her former husband.
Paixão killed her son, Marcos Paulo Vieirato, on December 11, 2019, in the Brazilian town of Medicilandia.
Neighbours told reporters that they heard an argument between Paixão and her ex-husband shortly before the tragic incident.
The convict claimed Paixão claimed to have been in the grip of a psychotic episode when she committed the crime and reportedly attempted suicide by stabbing herself with the same knife shortly after killing her son.
Her friends said after killing the boy, she uploaded a photo of her injuries on social media with the caption:
“Love your wife. Marriage is serious.”
The convict was taken to hospital in Altamira, where she was treated for her serious injuries, before being charged with the murder.
She later wrote a note begging for forgiveness because she had “not helped her son”.
In court, the prosecutor, Rafael Trevisan, a representative of the public ministry, rejected the defendant’s claim that she had committed the crime under the influence of “use of controlled medications”, and added that “there was no evidence that she suffered from depression”.
The defence counsel, Wilson Martins, said the root cause of the crime was “domestic violence against women.”
After Paixão’s was sentenced to 30 years in jail, her attorney described the sentence as “very high” and announced his intention to launch an appeal immediately.