Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Authorities complete investigation into Sverdlovsk woman who killed babies

Russian authorities recently completed an investigation into the criminal case of a Sverdlovsk region woman who killed her newborn babies by putting them in a freezer.

The woman gave birth to a boy without medical assistance in July 2007 in the town of Verkhneuralsk. The woman wrapped the baby in a bed sheet, put him in a plastic bag, took him out onto the balcony and the next morning put him in a freezer in a local shop. In 2009, she delivered another baby and killed the newborn using a similar method, ITAR-TASS reports.

Lidiya Smirnova, a spokeswoman for the regional prosecutor's office, said he woman was found sane and that her motive was her inability to raise children due to low income. The woman has an underage daughter she was struggling to support.

Personnel at Tsentralny food store found the two bodies in May during an inspection. IF convicted, the woman faces up to 20 years in a maximum security prison. Prosecutors are also looking to strip the woman of parental rights. The woman's daughter is currently living with her grandmother.

"The woman claims she was suffering from a psychic shock after childbirth and was not aware of her actions," Alexander Shulga, a senior aide to the director of the investigative committee's regional branch, said, according to ITAR-TASS. "She does not regard her actions as murder and denies her guilt in the crime."