A mother calmly demonstrated to police how she secretly gave birth in an orange bucket then froze her baby to death.
The 42-year-old Russian woman – who has two other children – said she had no money to look after the boy.
The incident occurred outside the woman’s home in the Yurty settlement in central Russia[/caption]
Shocking video of the crime reenactment shows the unidentified woman explaining that she went into the snow outside her house to give birth in order to hide the baby from her family.
She said she spent about 40 minutes outside the home, which is situated in the Yurty settlement in central Russia.
“He was croaking a bit, he was not crying, nothing like this,” she said in a video released by law enforcement.
She then demonstrates how she put the baby in a white bin bag and left him in an unheated shed with household rubbish, which several hours later she took to the local tip on a sledge.
Asked if the baby was moving and breathing after birth, she said he was, but added: “I did not really set my eyes on him.”
Irkutsk is one of the coldest regions in the world, but was a “mild” minus 5C when she dumped the baby in February.
The baby’s corpse was found two weeks later near the dump.
By that time, temperatues had plummeted to minus 10C, and detectives had to wait some hours while the body thawed before they could examine it.
Forensic experts later confirmed the baby was born alive and died from hypothermia, said the Russian Investigative Committee.
It took police “several months” to identify and detain the mother, who confessed to leaving the baby boy to freeze.
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She told detectives she “did not have enough money to care for him.”
The women is being charged under a law which could see her face a maximum punishment of four years jail or five years of compulsory labour.
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