English teacher ‘hanged her son while husband went for a run’
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A teacher has been arrested on suspicion of hanging her four-year-old son while her husband and daughters were out jogging.
English teacher Lyubov Melnikova, 43, initially refused to let her family into their home when they returned in Russia.
Then she told her teenage daughters, 13 and 14, to wait in the street while her husband Vasily Melnikov came inside the house.
He saw the child hanging in Pushkino town, Moscow region, reports say.
He tried and failed to reanimate the boy, Ivan, and called an ambulance and police.
His wife “remained rooted to the spot” and “could not explain anything”, reported Life.
Melnikova is an English teacher at a local school.
She has been detained suspected of murdering the child.
The couple has another son, Sergey, 19.
“The investigative department of Pushkino town, Moscow region, has detained a local resident, 43, suspected of murdering her son, four,” said a statement from the Russian Investigative Committee.
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It comes as a 25-year-old mother was caught in Russia trying to sell her newborn baby so she can afford a new pair of boots.
Luiza Gadzhieva advertised her tiny daughter on the black market before accepting £3,000 from undercover law enforcement officers.
Unaware of the sting operation, the new mum handed over her baby in a city coffee shop.
Gadzhieva had previously told her sister about the new pair of boots she would buy thanks to the sale of her child.
Anti-slavery group Alternativa met the woman before the sting and attempted to change her mind about cashing in on her one-week-old daughter.
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