An eight-year-old boy has allegedly been stabbed to death by his stepdad while trying to protect his pregnant mother.
Little Andre Miguel and his mum, Andreia Ferreira dos Santos, 29, were both rushed to hospital from their home in Embu das Artes, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday, August 16.
Tragically the young boy died from his stab wounds but surviving Andreia is being treated for her own knife injuries and a broken leg.
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The bereaved mother's ex-husband Luis Henrique Ribeiro Silva, 23, is suspected of tracking her down after she moved and launching a brutal attack on her which left Andre dead.
Neighbours found the stabbed mother and son after Andreia let out a chilling scream, begging them to save her son who was losing a lot of blood.
The pregnant woman was injured but survived the attack. Both victims were taken to the General Hospital of Itapecerica da Serra, in Embu Mirim, but little Andre Miguel passed away on the way there.
His mother remains in hospital in serious condition.
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Enraged with jealously two weeks before the killer incident, Silva allegedly ran over neighbour Isac Ferreira on July 31 in a hit-and-run.
Local media in Brazil speculated that there may have been a connection between Ferreira and Andreia that triggered the road rage incident.
On Wednesday, soon after the boy and his pregnant ex-wife were found stabbed, Silva was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder.
Andreia's second child, an unnamed one-year-old has been taken into care by social services.
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