A twisted monster has been jailed for beating her friend to death to cut her open and steal her unborn baby.

Rosalba Maria Grime lured Flavia Godinho Mafra, 24, to a fake baby shower before beating her with a brick in Canelinha, Brazil, on August 27.

A court heard how the 27-year-old had planned the crime and had studied how to remove the unborn child from the mother's womb and researched how to simulate childbirth.

According to the defendant herself, she lead the victim to abandoned pottery, where there were bricks to strike the 36-week pregnant woman on the head with, several times.

A post-mortem showed she died of a haemorrhage after her belly was cut with a utility knife and her unborn baby was removed from her womb before her body was hidden in a kiln.

After the killing, Grime went with her partner, who believed at the time she had been pregnant and had just given birth, to a hospital where she told staff she had just given birth.

But the hospital staff were suspicious of the woman's account and called the police.

Her partner was initially suspected of involvement in the murder but was acquitted in July.

The prosecutor at the time concluded that he genuinely thought his partner had been pregnant.

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At a trial that lasted just 15 hours, Grime was found guilty of aggravated murder, attempted murder of a baby, concealment of a corpse, obstruction of justice, abduction of a minor and denying the rights of a newborn.

The court in the town of Tijucas in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina sentenced Rozalba Maria Grime, 27, to 56 years and 10 months in prison on Wednesday, November 24.

Prosecutor Alexandre Cart Muniz commented on the decision of the jurors, who followed the understanding of the Public Ministry and considered the defendant as fully aware of their actions and mentally able to be sentenced for her crimes.

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He said: "It is the result of work that the Public Ministry carried out, together with the Civil Police, in which we were able to demonstrate not only the issue of materiality and authorship, which I found quite uncontroversial.

"But also to identify – even on the part of the IGP who did an excellent job in preparing the mental health report – that she had full capacity to understand the illicit nature of the facts and also to have control over her actions."

It is believed the defence may appeal the sentence.

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