A mother is accused of drowning her unwanted newborn son in a cesspool filled with feces moments after giving birth.
The 35-year-old woman, identified only by her first name Hanna, has secretly delivered a full-term boy to a well toilet near her home, police in Ukraine allege.
Detectives believe she deliberately dropped the child through the drip hole while trying to get rid of him.
In a video, you can hear Hanna, who is now under investigation for first-degree murder, explaining herself to police officers: “I felt a pain in my stomach and went to the toilet.
“I was on the toilet when I felt something fall out.”
She would have said that she did not want the child and does not know who the father is.
After giving birth, Hanna cut the umbilical cord and went to her home, with the newborn drowning in the stool, local media claim.
According to researchers, there is a good chance that the child was born alive.
The next day, the mother asked a neighbor to take the baby’s body from the cesspool and bury it in the woods, it is said.
Ivan, the neighbor, said he retrieved the body and washed it and wrapped it in cloth before burial at the mother’s request.
Images show a wooden cross placed on the baby’s shallow grave by the neighbor.
Hanna, who reportedly left her newborn son in the toilet ‘without checking that he was alive’, told the 61-year-old man that she had given birth to a stillborn child.
Ivan told the local media: “[Hanna] said she gave birth to a dead baby. Asked if I could pull the body out of the toilet so we could bury it.
‘I took it out. Crops. Wrapped in cloth.
“Then we went to a place in the woods where I dug up and buried a grave.”
Hanna’s neighbors in the Sumy area called the police after noticing that her stomach had flattened and shrunk and that she was not having a baby.
Sergey Titenko, the chief of Seredyno-Budsky district police, said: “Residents of a village in the district reported the mother to the police.
‘Researchers have determined that the woman gave birth to a boy in her toilet and left him in the cesspool.’
Police have launched a criminal case for first-degree murder against Hanna, who reportedly told investigators she couldn’t tell the sex of her baby after giving birth.
Forensic investigations are underway to determine the exact cause of death of the boy.
The woman reportedly tried to keep her pregnancy a secret and did not register it with local medical institutions, authorities said.
She reportedly said, “I didn’t want this child. I don’t even know who the father is.”
The mother can be sentenced to five years in prison.
The investigation continues.