Before tossing his body into a landfill, a mum stabbed her infant son to death with scissors.
After keeping her pregnancy secret, Anastasia Skorychenko, 30, went to work at her house, a court in Mykolaiv, Southern Ukraine, heard last week.
Her other two children, aged seven and four, were asleep at the time, along with her grandmother.
The Zavodskoy District Court heard Skorychenko went to the balcony and used nail scissors to cut the umbilical cord.
According to court documents, she then started stabbing the baby with scissors.
According to investigators, Skorychenko placed the body in a plastic bag and took it outside before tossing it into a garbage bin.
The child’s body was found by a female resident the next morning, who then alerted the police.
At the sentencing hearing, Skorychenko admitted to the crime, saying “the baby was unwanted” and, according to sources, “she could not afford it.”
A prosecutor said: “The mother inflicted 22 stab wounds on the baby’s neck, chest, abdomen and limbs and cut them.”
“Shortly before the child’s death, injuries of various degrees of severity were inflicted.”
Previous to the murder, Skorychenko had not suffered from postpartum depression or other psychiatric disorders.
She was charged with the premeditated killing of her child on January 5 and later sentenced to two years in jail.
According to local reports, judges took into account the fact that she pled guilty and were lenient in their sentencing.
She had given birth to a healthy child, who died from the injuries she caused, confirmed by forensic tests.