Police in Brazil are hunting a woman suspected of stabbing an eight-month-pregnant teenager to death before opening up her stomach and cutting the unborn baby from her womb. According to DailyMail, Mirian Siqueira, 25, is on the run after an alleged horrific attempt to steal 15-year-oldValissia Fernandes de Jesus' child following a false pregnancy. Siqueira's husband, Mateus found the teenager's body inside a barrel in the couple's back garden in Pitangueiras in the state of Sao Paulo. The foetus had been abandoned in a bathtub next to a bin.
The suspect, who sold baby products, had told friends and family she was pregnant and met the murdered teenager at a photographic studio which was taking pictures of mothers-to-be. She had invited Valissia round to her house on the pretext of showing her some baby shoes.
Miss Fernandes sister Elida said: "Siqueira suffered from a false pregnancy delusions and we've since found out she couldn't get pregnant. She opened up my sister's womb to take her baby. Her stomach was large so everyone thought her story was true.
"She had made a room ready for her baby and talked about going to see her doctor every month. Everyone was so happy at my sister being pregnant. She'd bought all the baby clothes. Now we want justice. We want this woman found and made to pay for what she did."
The fugitive's husband, who stumbled across the bodies after returning from a bar and claimed his wife admitted to stabbing Valissia during a row started by the teenager before fleeing, confirmed to a local TV station: "Mirian said she was pregnant. I have no idea where she is now."
The crime, which happened on Wednesday, is currently being investigated as a homicide and foetal abduction.
Elida added: "Valissia didn't leave the house much because she couldn't walk far. That woman Mirian came round saying her grandad had asked her to make some shoes for her child. My sister waited for our mum to return and left with Mirian saying she was going to look for the shoes. That was the last time I saw her."
Valissia's child is believed to have died after receiving a knife wound to the face.