Brazil girl accused of taking useless ‘uncle’ to Rio financial institution to signal mortgage | EUROtoday

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BRASÍLIA — The girl arrives on the financial institution pushing a person in a wheelchair. His eyes are closed; his head lolls wildly.

“Uncle Paulo, are you listening?” Érika de Souza Vieira Nunes asks. “You need to sign it. If you don’t sign it, there’s no way. I can’t sign it for you.”

But Paulo Roberto Braga doesn’t reply, a video recorded Tuesday reveals.

The 68-year-old man is useless.

In an incident that has gone viral right here, police say Nunes, 42, took Braga’s physique to a financial institution department in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday afternoon to safe a mortgage of about $3,250.

“Anyone watching the video can tell he was dead,” Fábio Souza, the lead police investigator, advised the tv community Globonews. “Can you imagine her? she was touching him. She knew he was dead.”

Now Nunes is charged with theft by fraud and abusing a corpse. Police now are working to find out her relationship with Braga and the way he died, Souza mentioned, and in search of the one that drove them to the scene.

Nunes has advised investigators that Braga was alive once they entered the financial institution, police mentioned. She has recognized herself as his niece and caregiver.

The incident started earlier than 2 p.m. Tuesday, when Nunes arrived on the Banco Itaú department. Employees famous Braga’s look, grew to become suspicious, and started recording video.

“I don’t think he’s okay,” one worker observes. “There’s no color in his face.”

“He’s like that,” Nunes says.

Nunes takes maintain of his head, the video reveals. She tries to suit a pen between his fingers.

The financial institution referred to as an ambulance. When the paramedics arrived, they mentioned Braga had been useless for a number of hours.

Souza mentioned investigators recognized the presence of livor mortis (the settling of blood now not circulated by the center) — a sign, he mentioned, that he died mendacity down, not sitting up within the wheelchair.

Nunes advised investigators that Braga was hospitalized final week with pneumonia however was discharged on Monday. Security video taken Monday reveals her leaving the hospital with Braga, then nonetheless alive, in a wheelchair.

The financial institution video circulated extensively on social media right here, inspiring memes and commentary.

What a depressing scene,” one X consumer wrote.

Some poked enjoyable on the scene. Others mentioned it was nothing to chortle about. Some took the chance to sentence President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva or his predecessors, lament the state of morality in Brazil or declare the tip occasions.

Some mentioned it forged the nation in an unfairly unfavorable gentle.

“Brazil is not that,” wrote one other. “Extreme cases like this exist everywhere in the world.”