A mum strangled her 11-year-old son to death because she was fed up with him playing on his phone late into the night, it has been claimed.
Alexandra Dougokenski appeared to be the ‘perfect’ parent to young Rafael, according to reports.
But police in Brazil say they charged Dougokenski with Rafael’s murder on Thursday after she confessed to the shocking crime.
It comes just weeks after Rafael recorded a poem for his mum, saying how much he loved her.
According to the Daily Mail, Rafael thanked his mother for looking after him and his brother.
He said that her smile meant everything to him.
The 33-year-old divorced mum of two initially tried to divert attention away from herself by claiming the child had run away from home following an argument over his behaviour.
But investigators launched an extensive search, with the help of sniffer dogs and anxious family and friends, in the forest close to the family’s house in Planato, Rio Grande do Sul state.
When the search failed to find the boy, she broke down and confessed that she had strangled him in a rage.
The suspect claimed she ‘couldn’t live with the lie anymore’ and needed to off load the ‘burden’ on her conscience.
Ten days after he disappeared, she revealed where the schoolboy’s remains had been hidden.
The body was found on May 25 in a large cardboard box in the garage of a neighbour’s house just five metres from the family’s property.
The badly decomposing corpse was wrapped in a sheet with a plastic bag placed over the head.