Doctors in Brazil have removed 14 more needles from the body of a 2-year-old boy.

The boy was pierced with the needles in what his stepfather has said was a plot to kill the child as revenge against his wife.

He told a TV station that he had drugged the boy with wine, and had his lover hold the child down while he pushed needles into the child's body. Police today formally filed attempted murder charges against the man and his lover.

Last week, doctors took out four rusty needles from near the boy's heart and from his lungs. Today, they removed needles from his intestines, liver and bladder.

Doctors said another surgery is scheduled for next week to remove needles lodged in the boy's back, near his spine.