A mum accused of dropping her three-year-old daughter 60ft to her death after dangling her over a sixth-floor balcony as punishment for crying has been held on suspicion of murder.
Anna Ruzankina, 23, reportedly held little Anastasia, by her t-shirt before the clothing ripped and sent the child hurtling towards the ground.
In horrific footage of the fall, Anastasia can be heard saying “Mama, I am scared” before repeating “I am scared… I am scared… I am scared” in her final moments.
The mum is then seen in CCTV having retrieved the dead girl and carrying her in a lift back up to the family’s flat in Saratov, Russia, said Life News.
Russian law enforcement have said Ruzankina dropped her daughter from the balcony of the sixth-floor apartment and is being detained on suspicion of murder.
The incident came after Ruzankina had been out to a nightclub and was drunk, said reports.
A male passerby – seen on the video – said he heard “a child’s loud screams from an upper floor.
“And suddenly I heard a dull sound of falling.
“The screams stopped.
“When I turned around, I saw a little girl covered in blood lying on the asphalt.
“I ran to call the emergency services. I was so shocked.”
Neighbours said the mother had claimed the child climbed over the balcony herself.
“I told her she would fall,” she was heard saying.
But the mum now faces up to 21 years in jail if charged and convicted of murdering a minor in a helpless state.
The Russian Investigative Committee said: “[Ruzankina] dropped her young daughter, born in 2018, from the balcony.”
“Currently, the suspect has been detained.”