24-year-old mother buries newborn baby alive in her backyard because 'she did not want her'
The young mother of one buried her child alive in the backyard and tried to fake a miscarriage when she was questioned by her sister
A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in Ukraine after she killed her newborn baby right after she gave birth to her. According to a report in Daily Mail, the young mother of one buried her child alive in the backyard and tried to fake a miscarriage when she was questioned by her sister.
The incident is said to have occurred in Lipetskoe, a village in Podilskyi District in southern Ukraine's Odessa Oblast region.
Police reportedly said the woman, who has not been name for legal reasons, delivered a healthy child at home weighing 9.2lbs and then proceeded to cover the child's head with a plastic bag. She allegedly did not want to see the face of the child. She then reportedly cut off the umbilical cord, wrapped the baby in a cloth and put her in another plastic bag; following which she buried the child, still alive, in her backyard.
The woman was visited by her sister, who lived nearby, an hour later. At this time, the sister found her with a high fever and complaining of severe abdominal pain.
She was then taken to the hospital, where she reportedly told the staff that she was 6 months pregnant and had had a miscarriage.
Podolsk Regional Hospital spokeswoman Svetlana Sergeevna reportedly said, "She told us that she was six months pregnant and had a miscarriage. She was nervous and her story was suspicious so we called the police."
When the police arrived and questioned the woman, she reportedly stuck to her miscarriage ruse and even showed them the place where the baby was buried. However, a further forensic exam revealed the truth.
It proved that she had a full term and that the baby was alive when it was born. The examination revealed that the baby had died of suffocation, after which the mother confessed to the police, saying, "The baby was born alive. She was crying. I put a plastic bag on her head and cut the umbilical cord. Then I wrapped her in cloth and put it into another plastic bag. Then I buried her. She was alive when I was burying her. I did not want this baby."
The police reportedly think that the mother had planned the murder because she didn't register her pregnancy. She is also said to have kept the pregnancy a secret. The investigation is ongoing and if found guilty, she could be looking at five years in prison.