Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/@MasKieubala
A nursery school teacher has admitted in court that she tried to abduct a young boy before being stopped by a colleague.
The incident took place in the city of Almaty in the south-eastern Kazakh region of the same name in the summer when the nursery worker, identified as 30-year-old Sayagul Zhanalyk, was first accused of trying to abduct the child as she was leaving work.
CCTV footage shows the woman apparently trying to lead the boy out of the nursery with her before being stopped by a colleague.
According to reports, the suspect had been working at the nursery since 2015.
She later said: “For a long time I was stressed and really depressed. I was constantly worrying and thought that I was not using my resources the best I could.
“I was on holiday when I felt really ill and I wanted to ask the boy’s mother to help me, but I did not know how. That is when I got this idea in my mind.”
Zhanalyk said that she did not have an accomplice and planned everything on her own.
According to local media, on the day of the failed kidnapping, the mother-of-three sent a message to her husband thanking him for their time together and telling him not to look for her.
The boy’s family said they are still suffering from a lot of stress caused by the incident and his unnamed mother stated that she immediately moved all her children into private schools instead of public ones.
According to reports, the defendant has been held in custody for two months while waiting for the trial to get underway.
She reportedly said in court: “I fully agree with the charges, fully admit my guilt and I am ashamed of what I have done.”
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