25-year-old Elena has been accused of beating her 5-year-old son to death “for causing a mess” in their home.
The Ukrainian mum allegedly attacked her son Artem by violently hitting his head against the floor until he stopped breathing during the incident at their home in the village of Sokolivka.
According to UK Mirror, Elena was later found holding the dead body of her son in her arms outside her house.
Vira Asaulenko, the mayor of the village, told local media:
“We came to check on the family after the kids did not come to the kindergarten and school.
“We saw the mother in the courtyard of her house.
“She was holding Artem in her arms. The boy was wrapped into a blanket.
“I touched his hand. It was icy cold.
“Diana was sitting on the ground. She did not say a word and was staring into nothingness without blinking.”
Paramedics announced the boy was already dead after arriving at the scene several minutes later. Forensic examinations showed Artem had died from severe head injuries.
Police have launched a criminal case for murder against Elena, who is to be sent for mental examinations.