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Unborn baby ‘cut from her mother by jealous pals’

‘Lured to baby shower’: Pregnant victim Flavia Godhinho Mafra PICTURES: NEWSFLASH

A PREGNANT woman discovered dead with her unborn baby girl cut out of her womb was allegedly killed so a friend obsessed with becoming a mother could steal her child.

Flavia Godinho Mafra was 36 weeks pregnant when her husband and mother found her body in a disused pottery yard in Canelinha, a town in southern Brazilian state Santa Catarina.

The 24-year-old was reportedly lured to a fake baby shower by the old school friend, whose partner is said to have admitted using a brick to kill her.

Police later found the child had been taken to hospital by the suspect and her husband, who were both arrested.

Weapon: The blade used on Ms Mafra

Mrs Mafra’s school friend confessed to having developed a fixation with stealing a child after she suffered a miscarriage in January, officers said.

The detective responsible for the case, Paulo Alexandre Freyesleben e Silva, confirmed the cause of death was a sharp cut to the abdomen and wounds from a brick. Last night the baby remained in the Children’s Hospital of Florianopolis, where she had been given antibiotics and pain medication but was in good health.

A post-mortem examination will confirm if the baby was removed when her mother was still alive.

Mrs Mafra, a supply teacher, was buried in the Municipal Cemetery of Canelinha after a brief ceremony.