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Mum left daughter, 3, to die of starvation after going on week-long party spree

An ‘evil’ mother has been detained after going on a week-long partying ‘spree’ leaving her daughter to die alone of starvation and neglect.

Maria Plenkina, 21, deserted her child as she marked her third birthday in the Russian city of Kirov, says law enforcement. Kristina was found by her grandmother Irina Plenkina, 47, when she brought a birthday present for the girl, say reports.

Irina immediately called the ambulance and police, however the girl was pronounced dead at the scene. The distraught grandmother said that Maria had been in touch daily on social media telling her that she and the girl were ‘fine’.

In reality, the mother had locked the door on her daughter and turned off the water so she could not even drink, according to the Russian Investigative Committee. She has been detained for two months and is under investigation for the ‘murder of a child using extreme cruelty’.

A committee spokeswoman said: ‘The girl’s mother said that she deliberately closed the door of the apartment and left the house.’ She was ‘having a good time with friends’ and was ‘on a spree’, according to one report.


The mother was ‘not there for a week – from February 13 to February 20’, said the committee which has taken charge of the murder investigation. ‘She doesn’t even cry, and shows no regret.

‘She just says in cold blood: “Yes, I left, I closed off the water and left the child without water and food”.’ The mother, seen in a video in the iron cage of a Russian court, ‘speaks quietly, calmly, without emotional breakdowns’. A neighbour said: ‘How can a mother be so evil?’

Irina says she could have taken the child if her daughter had asked or she had sensed problems. ‘She lied to me that everything was fine,’ she said.

‘She lied to everyone. ‘I never thought that Maria could do such a thing… ‘If only I had had spotted something was wrong, I would have taken the girl to me.’

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