A teenager has died during childbirth after she conceived while allegedly being raped by her father.
Luana Ketlen, 13, is believed to have been sexually abused for more than four years by her dad Tome Faba , 36.
He is now facing child abuse and manslaughter charges following Luana’s death in Coari, Brazil.
She was admitted to hospital with acute anaemia after experiencing severe pains and doctors took the decision to induce labour two months early to try and save her.
Her son survived, but after delivering the boy her condition declined and she died while being airlifted to a specialist hospital in Manaus, the Amazonas state capital.
Faba went on the run following his daughter’s death on December 11 and was arrested a week later. He appeared in court on Firday.
Police chief José Barradas said: ‘The teenager lived with her parents in a rural area outside the city. She did not realise, until two months ago when she began to feel pains in her abdomen, that she was five months pregnant.
‘Luana claimed she was ordered to go fishing with her father and was allegedly raped by him while there.’
Nobody in her family knew about Luana’s abuse until her body started to change and relatives realised that she was pregnant.
Her aunt managed to persuade her to tell her who had raped her, but the girl’s mother refused to believe it.
Luana said that her father had threatened to kill her if she reported what had happened.
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Barradas added: ‘Members of the family tried to step in and protect the child by alerting social services.
‘They reported the abuse to police and a warrant was issued for Tome’s arrest but before it could be executed Luana’s health deteriorated and she died shortly after childbirth’.
The incident caused outrage in the community with many protesting outside the court during the accused’s appearance.
Social services is yet to determine whether relatives will be given guardianship of the newborn boy.
Meanwhile, cops revealed the preterm ‘baby boy and is doing exceptionally well’ and thriving in the hospital’s neo natal unit, following his traumatic birth.
According to doctors he is ‘strong and already breathing without a ventilator’.
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