An “evil” mother has confessed to murdering her three year old daughter by leaving her home alone while she went on a week-long partying spree.
Maria Plenkina, 21, tragically deserted her infant daughter Kristina who was so hungry she tried to eat washing powder, a Russian court has heard.
The girl was found naked having starved to death in a cold room in a rubbish-strewn apartment having eaten the small amount of food – yoghurt, chicken and sausages – her mother had left her.
Before leaving for her party week coinciding with Valentine’s Day last year, Plenkina turned off the water in the flat.
The girl’s body was found by her grandmother Irina Plenkina, 47, who had come to wish her a happy third birthday.
The mother – branded evil by neighbours – now faces from eight to 20 years in jail for the cruel murder of her child.
A criminal investigation into “murder with extreme cruelty” proved that Plenkina locked her daughter in the flat from 13 February and only returned on 20 February last year.
Psychiatrists found that she was “sane” and “fully aware of her actions”, the court was told.
The mother stayed with friend Anastasia Kurpina who said Plenkina lied to her that Kristina was being cared for by a friend.
Anastasia told investigators that she paid for her friend’s daily visits to nightclubs and cafes, buying her alcohol.
Not long before her week-long spree, Plenkina had split with her boyfriend.
Confessing to murder but saying she did not intend to kill her, Maria said she had left food for her child but gave contradictory accounts and could not say much many sausages.
Sobbing as she appeared in court, she said: “I never wanted her to die”.
A committee spokeswoman said: “The girl’s mother said that she deliberately closed the door of the apartment and left the house.”
She was “having a good time with friends” and was “on a spree”.
The child’s distraught grandmother said she could have cared for the child if only she knew her daughter was leaving.
“She lied to me that everything was fine,” she said. “She lied to everyone.
“I never thought that Maria could do such a thing…
“If only I had had spotted something was wrong, I would have taken the girl to me.”
There was never any sign of previous abuse, the grandmother claimed.
“She has shown the highest class of professional acting – if you deceive everyone to such an extent.
“I completely did not know my daughter, it turns out.”
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