Daniel's mother staged an abduction in order to sell her son
The mother confessed everything to the Judiciary Police, she was arrested and will be taken to court tomorrow
She is indicted for human trafficking and aggravated kidnapping
by Alexandre Panda and Marisa Rodrigues
With the help of another person who didn't know about her plans, Daniel's mother kept the child out of sight. The intention was to sell the toddler, at the time with 18 months old, without the knowledge of the child's father and of her family. She very likely gave up the idea of selling the child because of the media attention that was given to the case. Lídia is, for now, indicted with human trafficking and aggravated kidnapping. She was formally arrested yesterday afternoon by the Judiciary Police, after long hours of interrogation, and has spent the night in a jail in the city of Funchal [Madeira island]. Tomorrow she will be taken before a judge. The details are not yet fully explained.
It was thanks to a recent complaint of domestic violence made by Lídia against the now former husband, Carlos Abreu de Sousa (26), Daniel's father, that the PJ saw a possibility to solve the crime. The couple, who split last Tuesday as well as the woman's new boyfriend, were called to the PJ. Lídia had already left their house and taken the children, Daniel and Mariana, with her.
She tried to set up her husband
The strategy resulted in full, resulting in the confession of Lídia, who still tried to incriminate her husband, that was oblivious to the whole situation. JN knows that Carlos said he had began to suspect the involvement of his wife in the weeks following the day Daniel was found.
After several hours of interviews, only as witnesses and without the presence of lawyers, they were all released and each returned to their own house. However the PJ was not convinced by the mother's story and picked her up again yesterday, for further questioning. She ended up confessing and stated that her intention was to sell Daniel, but she did not give further details.
Daniel was reported missing on the afternoon of January 19, on a Sunday, when he was at his uncle and godfather's house, located in the area of Reis Acima, in the upper area of Calheta. The searches started immediately.
22/01/2014 Found in the Levada
He was found three days later in the woods, near a Levada [mini-canals irrigation system, native to Madeira] by Levada workers. [On the same day the operation searches were interrupted] As soon as he was found, the possibility that he had survived three days alone, in the middle of winter, was rejected.
27/01/2014 Returns home
21/06/2014 Parents and boyfriend in the PJ
Called as witnesses, the father and the mother of the 18 month-old boy, were questioned for several hours at the PJ headquarters of Funchal. The current mother's boyfriend, who lives in the area of Prazeres, was also questioned. The mother confessed.
in Jornal de Notícias, 22 June 2014, page 16, Paper edition
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