School guard burns four toddlers to death in Brazil

Marie Harrington
October 7, 2017

Police believe the man threw gasoline on himself and on children at the Innocent Children's People Municipal Education Centre nursery in the town of Janaúba, and then set the fuel on fire.

The nursery school had about 70 pupils and the victims were two girls and four boys, all aged four, according to local media.

The guard, aged about 50, died in hospital several hours after the incident which left him "with burns all over his body", Santos said. The children ranged in age from 1 to 4 years old. The day care center was in Janauba.

About 25 people, mostly children, were injured in the attack and are being treated at local hospitals for burns.

Governor Pimentel ordered the creation of a special operation to receive the victims, both in hospitals in the region and in in Belo Horizonte.

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President Michel Temer expressed his sympathy to the families. "But those who have been rescued, the children and the adults as well, we are very hopeful that all will survive", Pimentel told reporters at the scene.

The office of Janauba's mayor decreed seven days of mourning.

Although the motive behind this atrocious attack still remains unclear, police superintendent, Renato Nunes, told Hoje em Dia newspaper that the guard had had mental health problems since 2014 and often sought the prosecutor's office to denounce his own mother.

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