Massachusetts police arrested a couple and accused them of reckless endangerment of a child and assault and battery on a child after their 6-year-old daughter perished on Tuesday, as reported by Boston 25.
Marvin Brito, 38, is facing two charges of permitting substantial injury to a child and reckless endangerment and Shana Pedroso, 37, is being charged with two counts of assault and battery on a child with injury and two counts of reckless endangerment of a child. Their daughter, Sophia Brito, perished after being brought to the hospital, though her exact cause of death is still pending, as authorities wait for an autopsy report.
The dad Marvin Brito of the two kids from the incident on Stoneybrook Road was in Fitchburg District Court on April 11, 2018. see @DobbinsSentinel or @SentandEnt for more info. pic.twitter.com/4PNtH8Hcww
— John Love (@Jlovephotograph) April 11, 2018
While a motive for the couple’s alleged crimes has still yet to be revealed, Boston Herald recently reported that Brito and Pedroso had ordered their unidentified son not to call 911 as his 6-year-old sister lay injured and dying. Police also allegedly found notes written by Pedroso, in which she referred to her children as “bad” and said they were “beaten,” according to CBS News.
Shana Pedroso is being held without bail and is scheduled to return to court for a dangerousness hearing on April 18. Marvin Brito, the father of the children, should be arraigned shortly. pic.twitter.com/wlqwqCKnKv
— Melissa Hanson (@Melissa__Hanson) April 11, 2018
The 9-year-old boy was also injured, allegedly beat by Brito and Pedroso, but is expected to make a full recovery, as reported by MassLive. He also told authorities that his mother had once used superglue to close up a wound on his neck.
Both suspects have pleaded not guilty and will face a hearing on Wednesday. They are being held without bail. It has been noted that they are not being represented by the same legal teams.
The Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the 9-year-old boy.
[Featured Image: Shana Pedroso, Sophia Brito/ Facebook]