A mother has been detained for suspected murder in Russia after dangling her daughter, three, over a balcony as punishment for crying – then dropping her, say law enforcement.
The child, named Anastasia, was heard on a video pleading ‘Mama, I am scared’ then ‘I am scared, scared, scared…..I am scared’ before she fell 60ft to her death.
The horrific footage catches the final moment of her fall before she hits the ground.
The mother, Anna Ruzankina, 23, is then seen in a CCTV lift video having retrieved the dead girl and holding her in the lift as she took her body back up to the family’s sixth floor flat in Saratov, said Life News.
She shakes the lifeless child as if trying to revive her.
Reports said the mother had been holding the screaming girl by her T-shirt over the balcony edge.
The shirt tore, and the child fell.
The incident came after Ruzankina had been out to a nightclub and was drunk, said reports.
A male passerby – seen on the video – said he heard ‘a child’s loud screams from an upper floor.
‘And suddenly I heard a dull sound of falling.
‘The screams stopped.
‘When I turned around, I saw a little girl covered in blood lying on the asphalt.
‘I ran to call the emergency services. I was so shocked.’
Neighbours said the mother had claimed the child climbed over the balcony herself.
‘I told her she would fall,’ she was heard saying.
But Ruzankina was detained on suspicion of murdering a minor in a helpless state.
She faces up to 21 years in jail if convicted.
Ruzankina ‘dropped her young daughter, born in 2018, from the balcony’, said the Russian Investigative Committee.
‘Currently, the suspect has been detained.’