A mother has been charged with murder after allegedly killing her two-year-old daughter when she crumbled bread all over the floor.
Svetlana Mirzoeva, 28, from Russia, stuffed a chunk of the bread into the girl’s mouth as punishment for playing with her food.
The child, who was about to eat her dinner, then died of suffocation.
The alleged attack happened at the family’s flat in the city of Omsk in Russia’s Omsk Oblast region.
The toddler had been playing with a loaf of bread when she scattered crumbs all over the floor, according to reports.
When Mirzoeva entered the kitchen and saw the mess, she instantly flew into a rage and decided to punish the child for “spoiling a loaf of bread”, police say.
She sat the girl on her lap, grabbed a large piece of bread and started stuffing it in the girl’s mouth.
The mum-of-two only stopped when the child’s arm fell to the side and her body went limp.
During a police interrogation, the mum said: “She [the child] stopped breathing and I tried to pull the bread out of her mouth.
“Then I realised that she was already dead.’
After that Mirzoeva persuaded her boyfriend, who was in the next room during the murder, to hide the body.
The mother said to detectives: ‘He [her boyfriend] wrapped the body into a blue towel and put it into a sports bag.
“Then he went outside and threw the bag away.”
After getting rid of her daughter’s body, Mirzoeva continued living as if nothing had happened.
But her neighbours soon noticed that the girl vanished and called the police.
Local Investigative Committee spokesperson said: “The mother was seen walking only with her little son while her daughter was not around.
“Some neighbours became suspicious and reported the girl’s disappearance to the police.
‘Speaking with detectives, the woman confessed to murdering her child.
“She said that ‘she had been stuffing bread into the victim’s mouth until the girl stopped breathing”.
Ruslan Moiseev, the head deputy of Omsk Regional Police Department said: “According to evidence, the mother killed the girl and the boyfriend carried the body from their flat and threw it away.
“The incident occurred one month ago. The boyfriend died from alcohol intoxication ten days after the incident and we don’t know where he had hidden the body.
“The police are now searching for the child’s body in the area where the crime occurred and in the landfill site outside the city.”
Earlier this week, Svetlana Mirzoeva was charged with murder of a minor and placed into custody.
Her three-year-old son, who reportedly witnessed the murder of his sister, was taken to an orphanage. It has not been reported if there are relatives willing to get custody of the boy.
The suspect faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. The investigation is ongoing.