A couple has been charged with murder, after they went on a four-day drinking binge and lying to their friends saying their infant children were in hospital fighting coronavirus.
The couple were charged after they went on a “four day lockdown drinking binge”, leaving their 16-week-old twins “all alone without food,” authorities said.
Their baby son was in a coma and died in hospital soon after the “gravely emaciated” children were found by their grandmother at their Russian home.
The couple’s daughter is now fighting for her life at a hospital in Russia’s Kamchatka region.
Mother Margarita Yanayeva, 23, “lied” to friends, saying her children were in hospital with coronavirus, according to reports in local media.
However, Ms Yanayeva and her partner Alexey, 35, from Vilyuchinsk, have been charged with leaving the babies locked at home all alone while they went partying, according to law enforcement.
Their son reportedly died from “starvation” and his twin sister is desperately weak in intensive care.
“In the course of four days they were not feeding the children, and did not arrange alternative care for them,” said an investigation source.
Instead they “subjected them to hunger, did not ensure hygiene, leaving the minors in a socially dangerous state”.
The children’s grandmother became concerned after she was unable to get in contact with the couple over the phone, despite the region being under lockdown due to the coronavirus.
The grandmother soon called the police.
The couple face up to 20 years in jail if convicted of murder.
They also face charges over failing in their parental duties, and subjecting their children to danger.
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