The mother of a two-year-old girl who has been missing for days has been arrested along with her partner after police found what appeared to be charred bones in the stove in the family’s washhouse.
The incident took place in the city of Kholm, which is located in the Novgorod Oblast region, in north-western Russia. The young girl reportedly disappeared on Tuesday, 25th January, and her mother and her partner have now been arrested.
Police have opened an investigation for the murder of a minor, although it is currently unclear if the mother and her partner, who have not been named, have been formally charged.
An anonymous police source is quoted in local media reports as saying that “fragments that look like bones were found in the stove in the washhouse. The girl’s parents were detained”.
The night before, the young girl’s mother reported to the authorities that the tot, who has not been named, had disappeared. She claims that she left her daughter in the house when she went to wash some clothes in the washhouse, and when she came back, she claims that the young girl was gone.
But investigators do not appear to believe her and have opened a criminal investigation for murder.
Tatyana Efimova, the Children’s Ombudsman in Novgorod Oblast, said that the detained woman is the mother of seven more children.
The young girl’s seven brothers and sisters, also unnamed, were reportedly removed from the family home a month ago, but the two-year-old was left in the care of her mother due to her young age.
Efimova said that the youngest daughter was left with her mother because of her young age, adding that she would be personally supervising the case.
Investigations into the disappearance of the young girl are currently ongoing.