Mum ‘threw four-year-old son off balcony then jumped to her death after losing custody battle’
A DEVASTATED mum threw her four-year-old son off a balcony then jumped to her death after losing a custody battle over him, it’s reported.
The bodies of the 25-year-old woman, named as Anastasia, and her son Misha were found by horrified dad Andrey Yekimov, 33, outside his flat in St Petersburg, Russia.
She is understood to have gone to see her ex-husband when he told her he was about to take their son for a haircut and she asked to come.
Mr Yekimov says he agreed and Anastasia walked the boy to the lift while he locked the door, but he was surprised to find they weren’t waiting there and assumed they had already gone down.
He said he only realised what had happened when he took the lift down and discovered their bodies lying on the ground outside.
It’s believed his ex-wife had taken the boy to a communal balcony and hurled him off, before immediately jumping after him.
Russian media reports that Anastasia carried out the murder-suicide in a “revenge-fuelled bitter rage” at having lost her husband and son.
Mr Yekimov was reportedly so shocked that he could not move, and passers-by called emergency services.
Police and an ambulance arrived but paramedics confirmed both the mum and son had died at the scene.
Mr Yekimov married Anastasia four years ago, then divorced her two years later, and the court decided to leave the boy with his father.
During her marriage Anastasia reportedly paid very little attention to her son, often drinking heavily and taking drugs instead, it is claimed.
Amid the divorce Anastasia was also officially stripped of her parental rights.
After the divorce, Mr Yekimov cared for his son and according to friends the pair spent a lot of time together walking, reading books, playing games and cooking barbecues.
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