A four-year-old old girl died from a neck injury she suffered after an explosive was tossed into her home by a teenager in Brazil.
Aylla Manuella Ribeiro da Piedade was sleeping in a room at her home in the São Paulo city of Barretos on Saturday afternoon when the 14-year-old boy flung the projectile towards the residence.
She was rushed to a local hospital, where she was declared dead approximately at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.
A surveillance video shows the teenager, whose name has not been released, holding the small explosive and lighting it up before he threw it at the home as a bevy of children looked on.
Aylla Manuella Ribeiro da Piedade died in São Paulo, Brazil on Sunday, a day after she was struck by an explosive that was thrown inside her home by a 14-year-old boy
Surveillance camera captures the moment the 14-year-old boy is about to toss a small explosive towards a home in the São Paulo city of Barretos on Saturday afternoon. The projectile hit four-year-old Aylla Manuella Ribeiro da Piedade in the back of the neck while she was asleep. She was taken to a local hospital where she died Sunday morning
The teen subsequently walked away from the group before Ribeiro da Piedade’s mother stepped out of the home to investigate who had thrown the small bomb.
The explosive entered through the bedroom window and hit the girl in the back of the neck.
In a shocking twist, the suspect walked into the home about a minute after the incident and spent about 15 seconds inside before he walked out and an extended his arms out, perhaps in acknowledgment of what he had just done.
Angry residents reportedly set the teen’s family home on fire about two hours after Ribeiro da Piedade passed away.
Aylla Manuella Ribeiro da Piedade (top) is held by her stepfather moment after she was struck by a small explosive
According to Barretos police chief Juliana da Silvana Paiva, Ribeiro da Piedade’s mother had approached the children outside the home several hours before the incident and asked them to stop setting off fireworks after an explosive had landed nearby.
‘The teenager who was throwing the explosives was aware that there were three people in the house,’ da Silvana Paiva said in a press conference Sunday. ‘According to testimony from the mother and stepfather, he knew they were in the house, he still took the risk of continuing to throw explosives, taking the risk of causing injury and even murder.’
Da Silvana Paiva asked the prosecutor’s office to consider placing the boy in pretrial detention. He is being investigated for negligent bodily injury.
She also said that his mother has promised to make her minor son available for police questioning in the presence of a lawyer, who is expected to accompany them before Friday.
The teen suspects (lower right corner) extended his arms out moments after he walked out of the home where he had thrown a small explosive that hit four-year-old Aylla Manuella Ribeiro da Piedade on Saturday afternoon. The girl was rushed to a neighborhood medical facility where she died Sunday
The explosive also burned a hole in the mattress the four-year-old girl was sleeping on
Aylla Manuella Ribeiro da Piedade died from a neck injury she suffered after she was hit by an explosive while sleeping in her home in São Paulo, Brazil
A funeral service was held for Ribeiro da Piedade on Monday. Her body was scheduled to be flown to the northern state of Pernambuco where she will be buried in the family hometown of Primavera.
‘She was a happy person. She liked me too much. We would go to the square with her, take her to play, eat ice cream,’ her uncle Antonio Cleyson Caetano Costa told Brazilian news outlet G1.
‘Then something like that happens on the day she was so happy, joking, smiling … It’s a loss that will never heal.’