AN eight-year-old boy leapt to his death from a ninth floor flat after suffering years of beatings and abuse from his parents, it has been reported.
The youngster took his own life after his family returned to their home in a town in Ukraine and his parents started yelling at their son for damaging his clothes.
Paramedics arrived in a few minutes and but the boy, named as Anton, was dead.
Police have begun an investigation into the death and local media reports say they have admitted beating their son.
After being interviewed, the couple left their rented apartment, where the incident occurred, and fled the town of Enerhodar in southern Ukraine
Zhanna, a woman living downstairs, told local media: “The parents yelled at the boy for ripping his clothes. I also heard them beating him.
“Then everything went quiet and I heard the child’s quick footsteps. Several seconds passed and there was that horrific thud when a body hits the ground.
“I looked out of my kitchen window and saw the boy lying below. I called an ambulance and the police.”
Another neighbour, Andrey, said: “I saw the family going upstairs to their flat. Ten minutes later the boy was lying on the ground as his parents were racing downstairs in the street.”
Police have launched a criminal case on failure to fulfil parental duties against the victim’s parents.
The suspects confessed to beating their son and said that “he jumped out of his room window right after the abuse”, local reports said.
They also said they regularly beat up their son for “misbehaving”.
The suspects face up to five years in prison if found guilty.
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Anton’s school principal Oksana Zelenska claimed the youngster’s parents neglected him.
“The boy fell behind at school and we had to hold him back in first grade. His parents were not interested in him at all.”
Psychologist Zoya Pershyna said: “Anton visited me for counselling several times. I did not see it coming.”
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