The nurse, daughter and partner were detained by the PJ de Setúbal due to the death of three-year-old Jessica. The child’s mother and stepfather were heard but were released.
The nanny, mother and stepfather of the 3-year-old girl who died on Monday in Setúbal, due to alleged mistreatment, gave statements to the Judiciary Police (PJ) of Setúbal, this Wednesday.
At the beginning of the morning, it was known that three people were detained: the nurse, her daughter and the nurse’s companion, suspected of aggravated murder, kidnapping and extortion. Apparently, they have kidnapped the girl in retaliation for a monetary debt. Jessica’s mother and stepfather were freed.
The authorities sent more information to a statement to be released this Thursday morning.
The nanny, who took care of the girl for five days, would have justified the injuries that the girl had with a fall from a chair, but the PJ of Setúbal already took for granted that the child had been subjected to mistreatment, even before the autopsy that was carried out this Wednesday at the Legal Medical Office in Setúbal.
According to the girl’s grandmother, Rosa Tomás, told journalists, the signs of abuse were already evident when the mother went to pick up the child from the nurse’s house last Monday morning.
However, it was only in the afternoon that the family alerted the health authorities, who mobilized an emergency medical team from the Setúbal Hospital Center to the scene. The child was assisted at her mother’s house and transported to Hospital de São Bernardo, where she was subjected to resuscitation maneuvers, but did not survive her injuries.
The girl’s stepfather also told journalists that he was unaware that the child had been in the care of a nanny for five days, assuring that her partner, Jessica’s mother, told him that the girl was in a summer camp.
Both the stepfather and the girl’s grandmother assured, however, that the mother was not responsible for the mistreatment inflicted on little Jessica.