Russian rape victim who ‘kept unwanted baby in cupboard for months’ now on trial

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A rape victim is on trial in Russia for allegedly hiding her unwanted baby daughter in a closet for six months, where she could have starved to death if her teenage brother had not secretly fed her.

The trial of Yulia Zykova got underway in the city of Karpinsk in the Russian region of Sverdlovsk Oblast on August 31.

According to the news site Life, Yulia Zykova, 37, gave birth to baby Polina at her home in secret and kept her in a closet.

Zykova’s oldest son Matvey, 13, reportedly fed the baby in secret so she would not starve to death, but never breathed a word to anybody about what was happening.

Matvey believed the child belonged to one of his mother’s friends and was shocked when the police told him she was his own sister.

Almost discovered earlier

The court heard that the abuse was almost discovered earlier.

After seeing the baby in the closet, Zykova’s three-year-old daughter Lera reportedly told everybody at her nursery school that a living doll called Polina lived in her closet at home.

However, nobody thought anything of it at the time and ignored her.

Polina was on the brink of starvation when Zykova’s friend Olesya came to visit and heard strange noises coming from the closet.

The baby who was kept in the closet by her mother. Credit: Newsflash/Australscope

Olesya found the baby girl in a deplorable state and challenged her friend, whom she said was drunk and refused to explain, according to Life.

Olesya then called emergency services, who took the baby to a local children’s clinic, but her condition was so severe that she was taken by helicopter to a hospital in the city of Yekaterinburg.

A criminal investigation was initiated against Zykova, who told the police that her estranged husband raped her and she did not want the baby, adding that she did not keep her in the closet all the time.

“The case is being considered behind closed doors,” the woman’s lawyer Sergey R. told local media.

‘Life was tough’

“Yulia’s life was tough, which led her to crime.

“We hope the verdict will be lawful, reasonable, and fair.”

Russian mother Yulia Zykova, who allegedly hid her baby in the closet.
Russian mother Yulia Zykova, who allegedly hid her baby in the closet. Credit: Newsflash/Australscope

The defendant’s charges include child abuse and failure to properly care for a minor.

If convicted, Zykova faces up to seven years in prison.

The baby is currently being looked after by her grandmother.

However, Zykova has since said that she wants to raise the girl herself.

The case continues.

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