A Brazilian woman with a nine-year-old son allegedly conspired with her female partner roughly a year ago to use “rudimentary tools” to tear the penis off the boy because he supposedly wanted to be a girl, then recently murdered him by reportedly stabbing him over a dozen times and removing all the skin from his face before they beheaded him.

According to The Sun, the mother, Rosana Cândido, 27, and her partner Kacyla Pessoa, 28, of Brazil, “were said to have even used a knife to try to gouge out the boy’s eyeballs to prevent possible recognition.” The Sun added that the women tried to burn the boy’s body on a barbecue, but that failed, so they stuffed parts of his body in a suitcase and deposited it in a sewer. Other parts of the body were found in two backpacks at their home.

Regarding the surgery the women performed on the boy, The Sun noted, “Local reports say: ‘After removing his penis, the women said they sewed an improvised version of the female organ onto the mutilated area.’”

Cândido allegedly said the boy was a “burden” and interfered with the women’s relationship; she also reportedly said she “felt hatred and no love” for him because he resembled her father, whom she claimed had abused her. The boy’s father reportedly told police that Cândido absconded with the boy five years ago. He allegedly added Cândido went to live with Pessoa and her daughter, who is now nine and has been taken into care.

The Daily Mail reported that police chief Guilherme Melo said police were sickened by what they found, telling O Tempo, “She killed her son, quartered, decapitated, plucked the skin and tried to get rid of the body. It was a very terrible case.”

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