Death of Small Black Child, Neglected by His Mother’s White Employer, Shocks Brazil

Miguel Otávio Santana da Silva, 5, fell from the ninth floor of a luxury building in Recife on Tuesday while under the care of his mother's employer, who will await proceedings in freedom. "If it were the other way around, I believe I wouldn't even be granted bail," laments the child's mother.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Miguel Otávio Santana da Silva, 5, died last Tuesday, June 2nd, when he fell from the ninth floor of a building in the São José neighborhood in central Recife, Pernambuco.

The boy was accompanying his mother, housemaid Mirtes Renata Souza, in the apartment where she worked, and, according to neighbors, he started crying when she went out to walk her employer's dog. Miguel decided to chase his mother, left the apartment, got into the elevator alone - with the consent of Mirtes' employer - and got lost in the building. Then he fell from a . . .

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