Newborn twin sisters named Anne and Analú were mauled to death by a family dog when their mother, Elaine Novais, 29, briefly left the room to talk to a neighbour.
According to reports, the mother who is a council worker left her 26-day-old premature babies at their home in Piripá, in the northeastern state of Bahia, Brazil, last Tuesday, June 23.
She had not been gone for long when she heard the girls crying. She rushed back to their bedroom only to see that the dog had brutally attacked the girls.
Mrs Novais pulled the jealous dog away from the twins, but it had already inflicted fatal damage on their abdomens.
With the help of a nurse who lived nearby first aid was performed on the twins.
Sadly, one died instantly from her injuries and the other later died at Maria Pedreira Barbosa Municipal Hospital after going into cardiac arrest.
On hearing the death of her babies, Mrs Novais collapsed from shock and was sedated at the hospital.
It was gathered that Mrs Novais and her husband Regis, 32, had struggled for nine years to have children.
The dog, described as “docile”, is believed to have become jealous after not receiving as much attention since the birth of the babies.
Speaking about the sad incident, a family member claimed;
“The dog was left out in a way, and it no longer had the attention and affection of its owners provided before.
That could have caused some kind of jealousy and led the dog to attack the children. “
Meanwhile, the Police are investigating the deaths, but are yet to take testimonies from the devastated parents.