A 55-year-old mother has taken her own life after allegedly keeping her three children locked in their house for 10 years.
The incident happened in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, where Dina Azizova reportedly refused to allow her three children to leave the property where they lived for 10 years.
Local media report the children – named as 20-year-old Darina, 15-year-old Damir and 11-year-old Alina Aliev, 11 – were kept locked in the house and were only ever allowed into the garden but no further.
They did not attend school and were only allowed in the garden with the presence of an aggressive dog, according to news outlets.
Azizova called the Ust-Katav police department on November 6, saying three of her children had been kidnapped.
A hunt was launched and the siblings were found that same day, but they reportedly told officers they did not want to return home.
They said they had intentionally run away from home as their mother kept them imprisoned there, explaining the vicious dog and security cameras all over the property had been stopping them from escaping, according to reports.
When the mother found out her children had run away rather than having been kidnapped, she reportedly called the local police department and told the officers: “You may put me in jail if you want to, but I wanted the best for them all the time.”
The next morning she reportedly ended her life.
The children are now in hospital and are being treated by psychologists.
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