The parents of a newborn baby boy who was killed after being thrown out of a third-floor window of a maternity ward by another mother say they have forgiven their son's killer.
Amazingly, they say they do not want her to be punished for the deadly outburst.
Viktoria Ivanova had just given birth to a baby boy when Alina Araslanova, 29, walked over to her bed at a maternity hospital in the Russian city of Sterlitamak, grabbed her baby and threw it out the window.
The inexplicable and horrible act took place on Monday, August 16, police say.
The newborn boy hit the ground below and died instantly.
The alleged killer had just given birth earlier in the evening to her second girl when staff saw her walking over to Viktoria Ivanova's bed.
Araslanova then allegedly picked up Ivanova's newborn boy, given the name Volodya, walked over to a window and threw the baby to its death for no apparent reason.
Local media later reported that Araslanova had previously spent some time in a psychiatric hospital being treated for depression but had later been released.
It is not known what made the 29-year-old carry out the shocking act. The Investigative Directorate said in a statement: "At present, a number of investigative and operational measures have been started to establish all the circumstances of the crime, as well as the reasons and conditions that led to it."
Viktoria Ivanova and her husband, who was not identified, already have two boys and Volodya would have been their third.
The father of the dead child said: "It is our will with my wife that this woman is forgiven, we do not want to punish her."
He added: "She should be allowed to live her life happily. We have accepted everything, we do not want anyone to be punished."
Alina Araslanova has undergone a psychiatric examination and the results are expected to decide whether she will be arrested or sent away for compulsory treatment.
Currently, her children are in the care of the authorities.
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