On August 31, the Karpinsk city court, Russia opened the first instance trial of Yulia Zykova – a 37-year-old woman who had hidden her daughter in a closet for half a year.
According to the media, Zykova gave birth to a baby girl named Polina right at home but decided to keep this a secret from the outside world. She placed the baby in the closet with the purpose of letting the baby slowly die.
Fortunately, however, Matvey – the 13-year-old eldest son of Zykova surreptitiously brought food to feed the newborn. For fearMatvey dared not tell anyone about this. For six months, the boy always thought that the child in the closet was the child of a friend of his mother. When the police told me this was my sister, Matvey was shocked and scared.
Baby girl is severely malnourished when she was hidden in a closet for 6 months since she was born
During the trial, the prosecutor said the crime could have been discovered earlier. The remaining daughter in the perpetrator’s house is a 3-year-old girl named Lera, who often shows off to friends and teachers at kindergarten that there is a “living doll” named Polina in her closet. But everyone thought it was an innocent joke of a child and didn’t think much of it.
Until one day, a friend of Zykova name Olesya comes to play, this terrible secret has just been discovered. Olesya had inadvertently heard a noise coming from the closet. Curious, she opened the cupboard and was shocked to find inside a skinny, boneless infant crying. When he turned to question his friend, Zykova refused to answer because she was drunk.
The 37-year-old mother ruthlessly hid her daughter in the closet, refusing to let her eat or drink
Olesya immediately called 911. Because the girl’s condition at this time was determined to be severely malnourished and extremely critical, the local hospital had to call a helicopter to take her to a hospital in the big city for treatment. Doctors and police say Polina was lucky to be discovered just in time to be exhausted. The victim is currently being cared for by her grandmother and has not yet recovered her health as a normal person.
Polina has to live off the meager food her brother sometimes secretly feeds
Before the investigation agency, Yulia Zykova gave an explanation that she was raped by her ex-husband who had separated. Because I hate the existence of this unwanted child Zykova wanted to leave her daughter to die, giving up the burden on herself. She argued that she did not always put her children in the closet as cruelly as the police allege. Zykova also stated that she wanted to continue to nurture and care for her Polina in the future.
Yulia Zykova is currently being charged with child abuse and neglect. The sentence this woman faces is expected to be seven years in prison and the court will make a final decision in the next few days.
Source: Yahoo News