Dad, 25, ‘high on drink and drugs shot his own baby dead after his wife refused him sex’
A young dad shot his six-month-old baby dead after his wife refused to have sex with him, according to police.
Maycon Salustiano Silva, 25, had allegedly been drinking heavily and smoking marijuana before turning the gun on his son in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
He had been arguing with his wife, Jeniffer, 20, at their home in Luziania in Brazil.
Authorities say after she refused to sleep with him, he reached for pistol that was found tucked down the back of the sofa.
Salustiano, who has no criminal record, said that he ‘didn’t remember what happened’ after his apparent drug and drink binge.
The baby, named as Michel, was pronounced dead in hospital two hours after the incident.
Detective Daniel Martins Ferreira, investigating the case, told local media: “We believe the suspect, in a moment of rage when he didn’t get what he wanted, shot the child at point blank range by resting the gun on the baby’s chest as he lay in the cot in his parent’s bedroom.
“The mother reported that her husband woke her up and wanted to have sex with her.
“She said she was tired and ‘did not want to’. He apparently became irritated and physically assaulted her in the argument that followed,” he continued.
In the midst of the quarrel, it’s claimed the dad went to get some water but returned with a gun which he pointed at his wife.
“At first he allegedly threatened to kill Jeniffer. She begged her husband to stay calm, but he only became angrier,” Ferreira reported.
“She claims he turned the gun on their son and pointed the gun at his chest while demanding if she believed he had the courage to shoot their child. Then he allegedly shot the baby,” the detective said.
Neighbours who heard the woman’s screams called the police around 1.30am but officers claimed they were unable to identify the house where the shouts came from and called off their search.
Without wishing to be identified, a neighbour said: “She (the mother) was desperate, she could be heard screaming and shouting for help, then she suddenly stopped, and everything went quiet.”
Approximately two hours after police were called, an ambulance arrived at the family’s home. The infant was rushed to an emergency unit but pronounced dead on arrival.
“We don’t know why it took so long for an ambulance to be called out for the child, but the mother claims that after the shooting she blacked out and doesn’t know how long this was for,” explained Ferreira.
“Jeniffer said she doesn’t remember screaming and we believe she must have been in a state of shock.
“When she came around she realised what had happened and called emergency services, but her child was already dead,” he reported.
The young couple, who have been together for four years, were described as ‘lovely’ and the ‘ideal couple’ in social media messages posted previously by friends. Michel was their first child together.
Salustiano, who has no criminal record, was arrested and charged with manslaughter and the illegal possession of a weapon. He is also accused of domestic violence.
The mother was questioned by police and freed on the grounds she was not involved in the crime.
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