A Brazilian mother and her lesbian lover are accused of ripping off her nine-year-old son's penis before beheading him because he reminded her of her dad.
Rosana Candido, 27, and Kacyla Pessoa, 28, also allegedly sewed a fake female sex organ onto the body because he 'wanted to be a girl' before scraping the boy's skin off his face.
They also tried to gouge out his eyes using a knife after mother Candido stabbed her son Rhuan a dozen times.
The child was killed and mutilated at their home in Samambaia, about 20 miles from the capital Brasilia.
The mother ran away with the boy after her father, who lives in Acre, near Peru, lost custody five years ago.
After committing the grizzly murder, and stabbing him a dozen times, the pair reportedly botched the attempt to hide the body.
They bungled burning some of him on a barbecue, so stuffed some of his remains in a suitcase and dumped them in a sewer, according to police.
Other body parts were hidden in two backpacks at the couple's home
They have both confessed to the killing and face homicide, torture and concealing a corpse charges.
The two women are said to have told investigators they used 'rudimentary tools' because Rhuan 'wanted to become a girl'.
Local reports say: 'After removing his penis, the women said they sewed an improvised version of the female organ onto the mutilated area.'
They then allegedly sewed a fake female sex organ onto the boy's body because he 'wanted to be a girl'. The child was killed and mutilated at their home in Samambaia, 20 miles from the capital Brasilia
Cândido reportedly claimed the lad was a 'burden' and a hindrance to her relationship with Pessoa.
She also 'felt hatred and no love' for him because he reminded her of father, who allegedly abused her.
Rhuan's dad, who lives in Acre, is said to have told officers that Cândido ran away with the boy five years ago when he lost custody
She then went to live with Pessoa and her daughter, who, now aged nine, has been put into care.
Police chief Guilherme Melo said that the cruelty of the crime had shocked hardened investigators.
'She killed her son, quartered, decapitated, plucked the skin and tried to get rid of the body. It was a very terrible case,' he told O Tempo.
Source: Daily Mail