A woman who left her baby starve to death while she went on a four-day drinking binge has been jailed.
Olga Bazarova, 25, was out partying with her friends while her 11-month-old son was slowly dying in his crib, a Russian court heard.
The mum-of-three left her baby alone with her three-year-old daughter, who by some miracle survived.
While she left her youngest at home, she handed her older son, 7, from a previous relationship, into the care of one of her friends.
The toddler and baby were discovered by their grandmother, four days later after she was unable to contact the mother.
According to the court records, the baby boy was found dead in his crib, while his sister was on the verge of death.
The terrified grandmother called an ambulance which managed to stabilise the toddler and save her life.
She was rushed to intensive care in critical condition, with severe malnourishment.
However, the baby boy died from starvation and dehydration.
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During court hearings, the mother reportedly confessed to dumping the kids alone in their apartment.
Bazarova said she regrets leaving her child and denies any intention to kill.
The mother claimed she “could not foresee” the baby would die, despite no food being left at home, the senior prosecutor said.
A senior prosecutor for the Chelyabinsk region, Vladimir Kislitsin, said: “The mother left her three-year-old daughter with an empty fridge.
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“No baby food was found in the apartment.”
Olga was charged on June 7, with the murder of a minor with particular cruelty.
She has been sentenced to 14 years in prison at Chelyabinsk Regional Court in Zlatoust, Russia, and stripped of her parental rights over her older son and the surviving girl, whose father is also in prison.
According to local media, the children have been placed in an orphanage.
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