A Brazilian woman is behind bars after police say she had poisonous chocolates delivered to her ex-boyfriend’s home, cause severe illnesses and even death.
On September 23, Dione Quirino, 35, and Amanda Cassia Lopes, 27, received a box of chocolates delivered to their home in Jaiba, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. According to DailyMail, the couple was scheduled to get married within a few days.
Assuming the chocolates were a wedding gift, the couple, along with three others, which included two adults and a 2-year-old, ate the chocolates. The toddler reportedly gave the family dog chocolate, which caused fatal injuries to the pup.
“People consumed four bonbons and, soon after, they all started to feel sick,” police chief Marconi Vieira Rocha, with the Civil Police of Minas Gerais, said.
The suspect, whose name remains disclosed, was arrested on September 24. Police identified her as Quirino’s former girlfriend. Police said a taxi driver delivered the so-called “gift” in the bride-to-be’s name.
The family dog was the first to fall ill, followed by all five victims; they all ended up in the hospital. Police said that witnesses informed that the suspect never let go of her previous 13-year relationship with Quirino, although it was clearly over.
The suspect is accused of ordering the chocolates from another city in an attempt to outwit authorities. Police later found the delivery bag inside the suspect’s house, which was returned to her after the delivery.
“She went to another city, about 35 km from Jaíba, and from there she delivered the package to a motorcycle taxi driver, who delivered it to a taxi driver and he delivered it to the victims,” Vieira Rocha said.
At this time, it’s unclear what type of poison was used in the chocolates. Experts are conducting tests on the victims’ stool samples, as well as on the deceased dog’s digestive tract.
Uol reports that the victims have since been discharged from the Municipal Hospital of Jaíba.
“They were discharged between 9 am and 10 am. I was the one who went to pick them up,” Lopes’ brother, Gustavo Henrique Lopes da Silva, told the outlet.
The story is developing. Check back for updates.
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