Three kids aged eight months, 2 and 4, burn alive in house fire after mum locked them in to go on booze binge
THREE trapped children were burnt alive in a house blaze after their mum locked them inside so she could go on a booze binge.
Neighbours alerted to the petrified screams couldn't rescue the eight-month-old baby, and the tot's siblings, aged two and four, as the door was padlocked, say reports in Brazil.
G1 Globo reports that by the time firefighters arrived at the Portal da Amazonia neighbourhood, in Rio Branco, the home was fully alight.
The victims were four-year-old Diogo Monteiro de Freitas, Caio Evangelista Monteiro, two, and baby Vitoria Sofia.
Doctors reportedly cried when they saw the dead siblings, according to local media.
Their mum, Jociane Monteiro, 23, was arrested and taken to the Flagrant Police Station.
The triple fatality happened on the night of December 19.
Investigators believe the deadly blaze may have been sparked by a short circuit in a fan.
Horrific photos show the house was gutted by the fierce flames.
Scorched children's clothes lie on the charred floor, between fallen, blackened timber beams.
Another image shows the thick, heavy front door fastened with a metal padlock and thick chain.
The small wooden home of about 12 sq m (129 sq ft) was completely engulfed in flames.
Neighbours who heard the children's screams had tried to rescue them.
However, the house was padlocked while the mother went to a nearby bar, and they were unable to reach them in time.
Firefighters were only able to stop the flames from spreading to neighbouring houses.
The young victims were buried on December 20, say reports.
Judge Marcelo Coelho Carvalho, of the Court of Justice, allowed Monteiro to be released, reports AC24 Horas.
The judge explained that because of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil, the mum was to be granted "provisional release" from custody as a "precautionary measure".
She will later face trial for neglect.
Monteiro said that she had decided under constitutional law to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination, AC24 said.
Investigator Yvens Moreira told reporters: "During interrogation, Jociane showed no emotional reaction.
"[She] did not cry, did not ask about the children or what had happened to them. She just declared that she would be silent."
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