Mother who stabbed her newborn to death jailed for two years

Mother who stabbed her newborn son to death with nail scissors then hid his body among rubbish is jailed for two years in Ukraine

  • Anastasia Skorychenko, 30, stabbed her newborn son 22 times with nail scissors
  • At a court in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, she was handed a two-year sentence
  • Skorychenko delivered the baby into a plastic basin on a balcony at her home
  • After killing her newborn she put his body in a bag and put it in a rubbish bin 

A mother who stabbed her newborn son to death with a pair of nail scissors before throwing the body into a rubbish container has been sentenced to two years in prison. 

Mother-of-three Anastasia Skorychenko stabbed the boy with the scissors 22 times only moments after delivering him on her balcony, a court in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, heard last week. 

The 30-year-old confessed to the crime during the sentencing hearing saying ‘the baby was unwanted’ and ‘she could not afford it’, according to reports. 

Skorychenko, who kept her third pregnancy secret, went into labour at home. 

Mother-of-three Anastasia Skorychenko, 30, (pictured) was sentenced to two years in prison at a court in Mykolaiv, southern Ukraine, after stabbing her newborn son 22 times to death with nail scissors

She began having contractions at night when her two daughters, aged 7 and 4, and their grandmother were sleeping. 

Not wanting to wake them up, Skorychenko reportedly went to the balcony where she crouched over a plastic basin and gave birth to a healthy boy. 

The woman used her nail scissors to cut the umbilical cord, the court was told. 

After that, she pressed her left hand against the newborn’s face to prevent him from crying and started stabbing him with the scissors she was holding in her right hand, according to the court records. 

A prosecutor said during the sentencing: ‘The mother inflicted 22 stab and cut wounds in the neck, chest, abdomen and limbs of the baby. 

The newborn’s mutilated body was spotted by a local female resident in a rubbish container near Skorychenko’s apartment. The resident then called an ambulance and the police (pictured)

‘The injuries of varying degrees of severity were inflicted shortly before the child’s death.’ 

When the boy’s body went limp, Skorychenko put him into a plastic bag, carried it outside and threw into a rubbish container near her apartment block, investigators said. 

The following morning, the newborn’s mutilated body was spotted by a local female resident who called an ambulance and the police. 

Skorychenko confessed to the murder during a police check and was arrested several hours after the corpse was found, it is reported. 

Forensics said she gave birth to a healthy full-term boy, who died from horrific injuries following the attack. 

On January 5 Anastasia Skorychenko was charged with premeditated murder of her child and sentenced to two years in prison

The woman did not want the baby believing the third child would worsen her family’s financial situation, the Zavodskoy District Court found out. 

The mother had not been suffering from any mental disorders or postpartum depression and planned the crime beforehand, examinations showed. 

On January 5 Anastasia Skorychenko was charged with premeditated murder of her child and sentenced to two years in prison. 

Judges took into account the fact that the mother admitted her guilt and softened their decision, say local media.

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