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Single mother killed her son, 3, and threw his body in a river so she could go on holiday

The 33-year-old woman was sentenced to 33 years in jail for the horrific crime
UPDATED MAR 19, 2020
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A 33-year-old woman, who killed her son, 3, and dumped his body in a harbor so she could go on vacation has lost an appeal to have her sentence reduced. 

Chiara Pasic was convicted of the murder of her young son in 2018 and jailed for 33 years. Her lawyers, however, decided to launch an appeal after she believed that her sentencing was unfair.

She murdered her son Denis and then threw his body into shallow waters at a harbor in the city of Paula on Croatia's Istrian Peninsula. 

As per reports from 2018, Pasic showed no emotion when she was sentenced to 33 years in prison and two years in a psychiatric institution for killing Denis so she could on a holiday in Macedonia. Pasic had a 15-year-old female 'accomplice' who was given three years in a youth detention center in Pozega for helping her commit the crime. 

The teenager had reportedly held a pillow over the child's face while the mother held down his arms and legs. The pair then threw the body into the river after which Pasic called the police to report him missing saying that she had last seen him in a nearby children's park, reports the Sun.

The authorities were very suspicious and eventually, Pasic confessed to the crime several hours into questioning. She then showed the authorities where she had dumped the child's body. According to the reports, the Supreme Court of Croatia said that the defendant had shown so much cold-blooded planning, persistence, and ruthlessness that the previous sentence was justified. 

The country's highest court dismissed the appeal as unfounded and reportedly upheld the second-instance judgment which confirmed her 33-year-long sentence. According to local media, she is unable to appeal against the judgment of the Supreme Court of Croatia. 

Neighbors revealed that they had heard the young boy crying but did not want to 'interfere' in family relations. "The boy was crying so much that once the woman who lives in the flat below almost called the police, but she gave up on the idea. Once another neighbor bought him a toy and he hugged her so tight, holding her leg and didn’t want to let her go. He was a very sweet boy," a neighbor said.