Rafaelle Sousa pleads guilty to leaving baby in dumpster

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Raphaelle Sousa

A woman pleaded guilty in Florida court on Wednesday to throwing her newborn daughter in a dumpster.

Rafaelle Alessandra Carvalho Sousa, 38, was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison for attempted first-degree murder, records show. She also received a concurrent five-year sentence for child abuse. Sousa gets 1,1176 days credit for time served and must serve five years of probation.

From recordings:

“ORDER GRANTING THE MOTION TO RECOMMEND THAT THE DEFENDANT BE ACCOMMODATED AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA DOC FACILITY AND THE DEFENDANT TO RECEIVE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING WHILE IN THE DOC”

The baby, identified in reports as Sarah Jimenes CarvalhoSurvived.

Deputies responded on May 8, 2019 at 10374 Boa Entrada Boulevard regarding a baby found in a dumpster, according to a partially redacted probable cause affidavit. Two maintenance workers discovered a baby in a dumpster.

“The baby was inside a white trash bag with a red tie and had a yellow and white bag wrapped around her head and face,” the deputies wrote. “This bag also contained household waste and ground coffee.”

There was another white trash can that matched the first one.

“This second white bag contained several small bags with yellow and white stripes that match the bag wrapped around the infant’s head,” deputies said. “We also found in the bag a large package of towels with a large amount of blood.”

Deputies said they found a receipt from a beauty shop. There they matched the purchase to Sousa, who lived right next to the dumpster.

“After Miranda, she said she [redacted] put the baby and [redacted] in a white plastic bag,” the deputies said of Sousa. “She walked over to the dumpster and put the bag with the baby in it. She said she tried to get the baby to react and waited three hours to see if the baby was breathing.

She said she returned to the dumpster twice to make sure the baby was dead, but never went near the bag because there were people nearby, deputies said.

An interview was then conducted with [redacted] who said he had no idea [redacted] was pregnant,” the deputies said. “He found out when the police first came because they whispered to him that it was [redacted] baby in the dumpster.

The baby’s father, Carlos Jimenez Martinswon custody of her daughter and Sousa’s son.

“It’s a happy story,” said the lawyer Christian Romaguerawho worked with Martins to gain custody of the children, according to Palm Beach coast in a September 30, 2021 report. “The children are doing very well. He does a terrific job. He just wants to continue living his life and raising his children.

“I feel very happy,” Martins said (translated from Portuguese) when his daughter turned one, according to WPBF in a May 9, 2020 report. “Today is a day of great happiness as we celebrate a victory.”

[Screenshot via WPTV]

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