Mother raises her daughter as boy for two years

Boy and girl illustration 
By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) A woman deceived everyone including the child’s father, by claiming to have given birth to a boy.

After giving birth to a healthy baby girl the woman from Goiania, Brazil, told everyone that she had given birth to a boy.

For two years, the woman had been raising her daughter as a boy, a plan that had begun at the birth of the child. She lied to authorities on the gender of the child and registered the baby as a boy on the birth certificate.

The child's father, grandparents, family and friends, all thought the baby was a boy. The mother had dressed the baby as a boy by cutting his hair accordingly, and bought him toys and decorated the room as a boy’s room.

This week, however, an aunt who had been doubtful of the true sex of the child, offered to hold "him" at a family party so she could take a look in the diaper. Her suspicions was confirmed that the baby was actually a girl.

When confronted, the mother explained that she had been abused as a child and when she gave birth to a daughter she feared the girl would be facing the same risk. She thought that if the child is a boy he was assured greater safety.

Social services in Goiania, confirmed that the baby girl has been taken from the mother and placed in foster care, while a family judge reviewed the case.

"It was a big shock for everyone,” the girl's grandmother said. “Now I have to get used to the fact that I have a granddaughter and not a grandson as I have known him for the past two years."