She kept the baby's body hidden in the bathroom for days under a pile of clothes.
Trigger warning: The story contains details of child abuse that might be distressing to some readers.
For months, a woman managed to hide the fact that she was pregnant from her husband, who merely thought she had put on some weight during the time.
What the husband also had no idea about was that his wife had given birth to a child in the bathroom, killed the baby, and hid the infant's body from him for two days.
The mother, who was only identified as Oleksandra, had five other children before becoming pregnant with this baby. When it was time for 28-year-old Oleksandra to give birth to her sixth child, she went to the bathroom and lay in the bathtub at her home in Mykolaiv, Ukraine.
Once the newborn baby was out, Oleksandra reportedly strangled the child to death with her bare hands. Within seconds after coming into this world, the little one lost her life.
Oleksandra then cut off the umbilical cord and placed her baby girl's body in a plastic washbasin. After covering the body with a pile of clothes, the mother left the baby in the bathroom. Her plan was to keep the body in the house until she got an opportune moment to throw the corpse away like trash.
However, neighbors began growing suspicious not long after the child's birth. They found her behavior strange even though she denied giving birth to a child. One neighbor also particularly noted that Oleksandra failed to give a proper explanation on why her belly suddenly grew smaller and flatter.
After the police were called by neighbors, they found Oleksandra confessing to being the reason for her child's death.
"She did not want the baby, planned to carry it outside and throw it into a rubbish container after her husband left for work," said one witness, according to The Sun.
While speaking to the police, Oleksandra told the officers about where they could find the infant's corpse. Upon further investigation, they found that the baby, indeed, was born alive and killed soon after birth.
Mum ‘strangles baby daughter to death before throwing her in trash’ https://t.co/2CAMKNcAeF— The Sun (@TheSun_NI) May 7, 2021
"The girl was born alive and died of mechanical asphyxia. It means she was strangled to death," said Andriy Donets, the Chief of Mykolaiv police department.
The police also spoke to Oleksandra’s husband, Mykola, who reportedly claimed that he had no idea about his wife being pregnant. All he thought was that she had put on some weight at the time.
Following the discovery of the infant's body, the police opened a criminal case for premeditated murder against Oleksandra. The couple's 18-month-old twins and three other children, aged 6, 5, and 3, were placed in the care of social services.
It is possible that the parents are stripped of their rights to raise their five children. Moreover, if Oleksandra is convicted for murder of her baby, she could face up to five years behind bars.
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