An emaciated 6-month-old baby girl is fighting for her life after being found in a cupboard where her mom left her to starve to death.
The child, named Katya was born in back in April and had been living off water and scraps of discarded food given by her elder brother, Russian media reported.
Krasnoturyinsk Live, the news outlet that revealed the horrifying incident, said the child’s mother Yulia ‘hoped that the baby would pass away from starvation.’
The mother is now in Police custody and a criminal case has been opened by the Russian Investigative Committee into ‘torturing’ the child, an offence that can lead to up to seven years in jail if convicted.
She is currently undergoing examination in a psychiatric clinic, said law enforcement.
The baby girl was reportedly found by a friend of the 37-year-old mother who ‘heard a muted cry’ during the 13th birthday party of Yulia’s son, who had been secretly feeding his little sister.
The mother had kept the birth of her third child secret, according to the report, and had put the baby girl in a duffle bag inside a wardrobe in an empty room in her flat.
Sverdlovsk regional police spokesman Valery Gorelykh said: ‘It is hard to believe in this horrendous story. But however difficult it is to say this, it is true.’
Officers ‘went to check out the flat after receiving information about this case,’ he said.
The girl was airlifted 270 miles by helicopter to a hospital in the regional capital Yekaterinburg where she is now in intensive care.
‘They found the starving baby and organised her urgent transportation to hospital where doctors are fighting for her life.’
The child was suffering from severe malnutrition.
‘She wanted to kill the baby but in the end didn’t have enough heart for it,’ alleged a source familiar with the case.
‘She thought that perhaps the baby would die from starvation. She was found by accident.
‘The mother was having a birthday drink with a friend, who asked why one of the rooms in her flat was always shut.’ Yulia said it was used for storage.
‘A young woman who was there for the party heard a very weak, muted cry, and asked the mother about it. I think it’s just a doll there, it just cries by itself’, the mother answered.
‘One of the friends who went for a cigarette in the middle of the party decided to check that room after hearing the cry. She opened the wardrobe, looked in the bag and found the baby.’
A family friend: ‘People who know Yulia struggle to believe that she did it.
‘Her son knew about the baby, but as I understand it she threatened him not to say a word about it.
‘The boy was feeding the baby from time to time.’
It was also reported that the child was born from an affair Yulia had with a married man, following a split with her husband.
The mother had not sought medical help before or after the birth, say police.
Update: Abductors of catholic priest demand ‘N100m ransom’
The Kidnappers of Reverend father Matthew Dajo of the St Anthony Catholic Church in Yangoji village, Kwali Area Council in Abuja suburb, are reportedly demanding for N100 million ransom before the victim will be set free.
The Catholic priest was abducted on Sunday, November 22 around 9:47:pm. It was gathered that the gunmen stormed the catholic priest’s residence with sophisticated weapons and then whisked him away.
A member of his church told Daily Trust that contact was established with the kidnappers on Saturday, and they have demanded N100 million as ransom.
“And you know since he was abducted, his abductors did not call until on Saturday and they are demanding for N100 million, but I don’t know at what figure has the man who is negotiating with them has been able to arrive at,” he said.
The insider said members of the church are facing a major problem on how to raise the large sum as it’s against the rules of the church to pay for ransom. He also stated the church is solely depending on the family members and relatives of the victim to source for ransom.
“And the other thing we are more worried about is that when a reverend father is abducted, it is against the rules of the church to pay for ransom, except the family members, friends or relatives of the victim can take such responsibility,” he said.
Zahra Buhari reacts to the murder of rice farmers in Zabarmari
Zahra Buhari-Indimi has reacted to the murder of 110 rice farmers in Zabarmari village in Borno state.
The daughter of the president of Nigeria shared a newspaper shot of the Zabarmari massacre and wrote: “My heart bleeds”.
Her reaction comes two days after Boko Haram terrorists attacked rice farmers in their farms and slaughtered them. The death toll was initially at 43 but has now been updated to 110.
Disappointed customer shows dress she ordered and what her tailor made
A customer who asked a tailor to make her a dress was left disappointed at what was delivered.
The woman shared a photo of the dress she ordered and what was delivered.
She explained that a friend introduced her to the tailor who then sent her 5 dresses to choose from. She chose one and the tailor charged her 70,000 Naira.
She haggled down to 65,000 Naira and made payment for the dress.
However, the dress was not ready on time for her birthday. When it finally came, it was nothing like what she ordered.
The Twitter user was told that she probably ordered an inferior material but she explained that the tailor handled everything, including sourcing the material for the dress.
She went on to share videos to show how the finishing was.
She added that she asked the tailor to keep 25,000 Naira and make a refund of 40,000 and she’ll return the dress, but the tailor refused.
Below are tweets shared by the disappointed customer alongside videos of the dress delivered.