The woman later claimed she "heard voices in her head" that told her to fling the baby outside the window, who fell to her death from a height of 130-feet.
Trigger warning: The story contains details of a child's murder and death that might be distressing to some readers.
Overcome by jealous rage, a woman allegedly threw her friend's two-month-old daughter from a highrise apartment and deliberately allowed the baby girl to come crashing down to her death on the concrete floor.
The woman, 30-year-old Daria Shavelkina, was reportedly "envious" of her friend, Yaroslava Korolyova—a married mother with three children—according to details revealed by investigators. Jealous of her friend's life, Daria couldn't stand seeing Yaroslava living happily at home with her loving husband and children. And this pushed her to take away her friend's daughter's life.
At the time of the baby's death, Daria was pregnant and had actually stopped by Yaroslava's apartment to pick up some secondhand baby clothes. Daria worked as a beautician, and on the day of the child's murder, she went to the friend's apartment, located on the 13th floor of the highrise apartment in Moscow, Russia.
While inside the house, things seemed to be going normally, and Daria and Yaroslava didn't even have any argument before the horrifying incident took place. Suddenly, when the baby girl's mother turned away for a brief moment, Daria scooped the little one up and threw the child out of the window without a second thought.
Plummeting down from a staggering height of about 130 feet, the baby girl's tiny body hurtled down from the 13th floor and landed on the concrete floor, according to The Sun.
Immediately, the baby girl's mother rushed to the ground floor only to find her child lying motionless after the horrific fall. Soon, first responders and paramedics arrived on the scene, and the baby was declared dead on the spot. Left in a state of "deep shock," Yaroslava also needed medical attention after seeing her daughter killed in the devastating fall that took place in December 2020.
Right after the incident, Daria was detained. Now, months after the child was flung out of the 130-feet-high window, reports reveal that Daria claimed she was experiencing mental illness, which pushed her to commit the grave crime, as reported by The Sun.
After being taken into custody, Daria told the police she had "heard voices in her head" that told her to chuck the baby out of the window. However, as the investigation into the case ensued, psychiatric experts from the Serbsky Institute reveal that Daria was "faking" schizophrenia. According to the Investigative Committee, the psychiatrists conducted examinations with Daria and concluded that the woman was putting up an act just so she could avoid being given a heavy sentence for the baby's murder.
"A comprehensive examination was held at the Serbsky Institute," said spokeswoman, Yulia Ivanova. "They did not find any evidence (of mental illness). According to the experts, the woman simulated the disease."
As Daria was being held in custody, she had also given birth to her child. Since her psychiatric evaluation is in the clear, she will be standing trial and could face up to 20 years behind bars if convicted for the baby girl's murder.
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