A man allegedly beat his two-year-old step-daughter to death after she urinated on the floor instead of using a potty.
Anton Proskurin, 40, is accused of hitting little Ksenia Dubrovina on the head and body for about 60 times, resulting in her death.
He is said to have attacked the child after she failed to use the potty.
The toddler, ‘whose head horribly swelled and looked like a balloon’ due to the assault, was found by her 25-year-old mum Zinaida Proskurina.
The woman, who was at work during the incident, called an ambulance only 24 hours later after Ksenia stopped breathing, reports said.
Paramedics arrived and confirmed the girl was already dead. The medics reportedly were shocked to see the child’s condition and called the police.
Proskurin was arrested and confessed to the crime, which occurred in western Russia in June 2019, in full, police said.
Forensic examinations showed Ksenia was hit 20 times on the head and about 40 times all over the body.
She died from a haemorrhage caused by severe head injuries.
The step-dad was systematically beating the girl during the last months of her life, investigators said.
Zinaida reportedly knew about the abuse but did nothing to protect her daughter.
She took pictures of the battered child instead and showed them to her friends saying ‘they were for the family’s album’, according to witnesses.
The mother also used make-up to disguise Ksenia’s bruises, according to reports.
Prosecutor Aleksandr Kanaev said to local media: ”The violence against the girl lasted for months. Her parents treated her badly and beat her on every occasion.
”In May 2019 Proskurin violently pulled the child by arm and broke it. He did it to punish her after she fell over.”
The family’s friend Roman told the court: ”Once Proskurin kicked Ksenia in the belly. She fell on to the floor and cried.
”Zinaida watched then laughed.
”I started protesting but he said that the child was naughty and needed a lesson.”
Zinaida Proskurina, who worked as a saleswoman at a liquor store, is under investigation at the moment for failing to fulfil parental duties.
Anton Proskurin, who is a security guard, is accused of murder of a minor committed with particular cruelty.
He faces a life sentence if found guilty.