They were only 5 and 2 years old when their father decided to sequester his children in the basement of their apartment. Aged 19 and 22, the two children who had lived imprisoned with their mother for 17 years were in such a state of malnutrition that the police who discovered them were impressed.

“You’ll come out when you’re dead,” the husband reportedly told the children’s mother.

“The two youths, believed to be the children of the woman and the suspect, were tied up, soiled and malnourished,” Rio de Janeiro military police said in a statement. It was thanks to an anonymous piece of information that the father of the family was arrested. Nicknamed DJ because he made the music scream at his house to cover the cries of his victims, he reportedly told his wife “you have to stay with me until the end. You’ll get out of here when you’re dead” during her captivity, as she told the police after being freed from the basement of her house in Guaratiba, a popular neighborhood in the west of this city.

Upon their release, the mother and her two children were transported to hospital in a state of “severe dehydration and malnutrition”, as specified by the municipal health services. According to the G1 news website, the mother of the family told the authorities that they sometimes went three days without food but were constantly subjected to physical and psychological violence. “When we saw the state in which the two children came out, we said to ourselves that they would not have survived another week, indicated a neighbor of the family. I tried to speak to the mother in the ambulance, but she couldn’t make the slightest sound, she was so weak.” Residents also indicated that the authorities had already been notified without any intervention. has been organised.

17 years of nightmare: of a mother and her two children sequestered in appalling conditions

The police intervened on an anonymous tip © Image d’illustration

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