Mum to stabbed to death as she slept with baby in her arms by ‘evil ex'

A MOTHER has been stabbed to death as she slept with her baby son in her arms, with her ex accused of killing her.

Lais Goncalves da Silva, 30, died after the suspect broke in at night and attacked her at her home in Sao Pedro da Aldeia, Brazil, in the early hours of April 18.

Lais was sleeping in bed with her son, aged 1 year and 9 months, in her arms when she suffered the brutal attack, according to the victim's grandmother, Ivanet Gomes de Carvalho.

The prime suspect is her ex-partner, 24-year-old Luiz Claudio Carvalho.

He had handed himself in at the local police station and was accompanied by a lawyer, but denied committing the crime.

He told officers that he broke into his ex-partner's house because he was "really missing" his son, and wanted to see him.

Carvalho claimed that, during an argument, she brandished a knife before he wrestled it out of her hands and killed her with it in an alleged act of "self-defence”.

However, the police and the victim's family do not believe the suspect's version of events, suspecting him of intentionally killing his ex because he was unable to accept their breakup.

A few days before the crime, Lais had visited the same police station to report an assault at the hands of Carvalho, and a restraining order was subsequently taken out against him.

She was buried at a municipal cemetery and leaves behind three children including the baby boy fathered by the suspect.

The case has been registered as femicide, and Carvallo, if found guilty, could face up to 30 years in prison.

The investigation continues.


Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available from 10:00am – 4:00pm weekdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm weekends.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Contact the Samaritans

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article contact The Samaritans on 116 123. They are available for free at anytime.

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