One schoolgirl was so afraid to tell her parents she had given birth that she put her boy in the freezer to die, police say.
The 14-year-old, who is currently in serious hospital condition, secretly gave birth to a boy before putting him in a plastic bag and placing it in a freezer in the family’s garage.
Neither her family nor her teachers noticed she was pregnant, reports say.
The girl named Anastasia later admitted to paramedics what she had done.
But by then it was too late to save him.
She hid the child because she was too scared to tell her parents, she said.
Her father was busy working the yard when she carried the child to the freezer.
The Ombudsman for the Novosibirsk region in Siberia in southern Russia, Nadezhda Boltenko, told the local broadcaster 360TV that the schoolgirl’s mother had called an ambulance for her daughter.
“She heard her moan at night and thought her daughter had appendicitis,” said Boltenko.
In fact, by that time the baby was already born, and the girl was bleeding profusely – and no one helped her.
In the ambulance, she confessed to “paramedics who gave birth to her and hid the child in the freezer from the adults” in the family home in the village of Verkh-Tula near the city of Novosibirsk.
The ombudsman called it a “terrible case”.
The girl is now in “serious” condition in the hospital, she said.
A neighbor said she wondered if the girl was pregnant and mentioned this to Anastasia’s mother.
But she replied that she had just gained some weight.
Anastasia Kuleshova, an official with the Russian investigative committee, said “all the circumstances surrounding the child’s death” are being investigated by detectives.
The child’s father is reportedly 16 years old.
He and the girl had separated that summer.