A Brazilian woman has been sentenced to 57 years behind bars for beating her pregnant friend to death with a brick and stealing her unborn child from her womb, according to a report.
Rozalba Maria Grime, 27, lured Flavia Godinho Mafra, a 24-year-old teacher, on Aug. 27, 2020, to an old pottery site in the town of Canelinha, where she struck her several times on the head with a brick, killing her, Newsflash reported.
Grime then used a utility knife to slice open her friend’s belly and pull out the baby, before hiding the mom-to-be in a kiln when she died of a hemorrhage, the outlet reported. Mafra was 36 weeks pregnant.
After committing the heinous crime, Grime went with her partner — who believed she had been pregnant — to a hospital, where she told staff she had just given birth. But they were suspicious of her account and called the police.
Her partner, who was considered a suspect, was acquitted of any involvement on July 27.
During the 15-hour trial, Grime told the court how she had planned the crime and had researched how to remove the unborn child from the woman’s womb – as well as how to simulate the symptoms of pregnancy and childbirth.
Grime was convicted of aggravated murder, attempted murder of a baby, concealment of a corpse, obstruction of justice, abduction of a minor and denying the rights of a newborn.