Newborn twin sisters were attacked and killed by their family dog in their home.
The disturbing incident occurred in the Brazilian city of Piripa, just 26 days after the birth of the twins Anne and Analu.
Local media reports that her mother Elaine Novais heard a sound from the room where the twins were while chatting to a neighbor. She was horrified when a family dog attacked her daughters.
She managed to tear the dog away from them and called a family friend who is a nurse to help the little ones.
Ms. Novais, a counselor who had had conception problems for nine years, pulled the violent dog away from the twins, but it had already caused fatal damage to her belly.
She gave the girls first aid before they were taken to the Maria Pedreira Barbosa Municipal Hospital. Doctors said one of the girls was declared upon arrival while the other was in serious condition.
The doctors tried everything they could, but could not save the second girl’s life.
The doctor in the hospital who was responsible for Elaine during her pregnancy said the mother always looked after her babies appropriately.
The local council said in a statement: “Given this immense loss, we express our condolences and sympathy to the parents Elaine and Regis as well as their friends and family at this moment of sadness and pain.
“May God comfort your hearts and give you the strength to transform all the pain of this irreparable loss into faith and hope.”
Local authorities have announced that they will not investigate the incident.
A nameless family member told local media that the dog – presumably a Labrador cross – is usually docile.
“We believe that when the twins were born, the animal was somewhat left out and no longer had the attention and affection of its owners.
“That could have caused a kind of jealousy and could have made the dog attack the children.”
It is unclear what happened to the dog after the attack.