A mother and her boyfriend were charged after allegedly killing their seven-month-old young son and dumping the body in a plastic bag in a river.
Tatiana Pupishina (24) and her partner Yevgeny Gavrilow (29) are accused of beating little Nikita to death in their house.
The terrible events occurred on October 17 in the city of Chelyabinsk in southern Russia.
The child was reportedly sleeping in his bed when Gavrilov, who according to police was drunk at the time, allegedly collapsed on his cot and broke it.
Nikita woke up and started crying after falling out of his broken bed and landing on the floor.
After the boy started howling, Gavrilov allegedly got angry and attacked him.
The man is accused of hitting tiny Nikita hard on the head several times, which caused his death, police said.
The child’s body stayed in the apartment for the next three days before Pupishina and Gavrilov got rid of it.
The two are accused of putting the body in a plastic bag, moving it to another part of town and throwing it into the Miass, investigators said.
To prevent the bag from floating up, put stones in it before they drown.
Pupishina and Gavrilov are also accused of tucking Nikita’s clothes in several pockets and also tossing them into the river.
After Pupishina got rid of the body, she allegedly went to a police station and claimed that Nikita had been kidnapped.
However, during an interview, detectives claimed they quickly found out that she made up the story to cover up the crime.
Nikita’s body was lifted to the surface by divers on Friday after the mother told police her whereabouts.
Pupishina and Gavrilov were charged with the murder of a minor and were taken into custody.
Local investigative committee spokesman Vladimir Shyshkov claimed: “The suspects hit the boy several times on the head and caused his death. Then they threw the body into the miass.”
The investigation continues.
Nikita was neglected and kept crying when Pupishina and Gavrilov drank together or with some friends.
Local prosecutors have opened criminal negligence proceedings against social services who reportedly knew about Nikita’s situation but did nothing to help him.