Jailed Russian mum killed daughter by stuffing bread in her mouth.

Jailed Russian mum killed daughter by stuffing bread in her mouth.

March 5, 2020

Russian mother is jailed 11 years for murdering her daughter, two, by stuffing bread in her mouth to punish her for throwing a loaf on the floor

  • Svetlana Mirzoeva, 28, wept in court at murder of ‘princess’ Viktoria
  • Partner, Alexey Tretyakov, 30, hid body and died from alcohol ten days later
  • Mirzoeva’s son Ali, four, witnessed sister’s murder and is now in orphanage 

A mother has been jailed for 11 years for killing her daughter, two, by angrily stuffing bread in her mouth as punishment for throwing her food on the floor.

The girl Viktoria had crumbled half a loaf during a mealtime at her home in the Russian city of Omsk.

A chilling crime re-enactment video shows how mother Svetlana Mirzoeva grabbed the child before forcing a chunk of bread down her throat.

The suffocating toddler went limp and ‘quiet’, a court heard.

Mirzoeva re-enacts for investigators how she murdered her two-year-old daughter, Viktoria, in their home by forcing bread down her throat, chocking the infant to death

Mirzoeva grasps the doll by the throat, showing police how she held the infant, before bearing down and killing the child. Mirzoeva’s son Ali, aged three at the time, witnessed his sister dying

Infant Viktoria (circled) wearing a pale blue bow, looks up adoringly at her mother in a family photo

Mirzoeva, 28, tried to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and poured water into her throat to soften the bread but the child died, according to details of the case.

The mother told police: ‘She stopped breathing and I tried to pull the bread out of her mouth.’

The death was witnessed by her son Ali, now four.

Her partner Alexey Tretyakov, 30, wrapped the little girl’s body in a towel and put it in a blue sports bag then ‘disposed of it’ in an unknown place.

Later that day Mirzoeva was reported to be ‘in high spirits’ on a public holiday marking Russia’s victory in the Second World War.

She told friends Viktoria was staying with her estranged partner, the girl’s father.

In the days that followed as neighbours became suspicious about the missing girl, the mother admitted Viktoria was dead but claimed it was an accident or blamed her partner.

Tretyakov died ten days later from ‘alcohol poisoning’.

Tretyakov posing on his haunches by the ocean with a nearly finished beer. Shortly after the infant’s death Tretyakov died from alcohol poisoning


Sweetness and light: After the death of her infant daughter by her own hand, Mirzoeva’s partner would die from alcohol poisoning, and her son, Ali, now four, was placed in an orphanage

The mother later admitted her guilt and in the court cage was in tears hiding her face in the hood of her coat.

She told the judge: ‘I failed to save my princess.’

The body of the tragic girl was never found after her death on 9 May last year.

Prosecutors said that she had forced bread into the girl’s mouth after she threw the crumbs on the floor.

‘She got offended that her daughter thought very little of her,’ stated the indictment.

Mirzoeva wearing a black hood to hide her face is handcuffed and escorted by a Russian police officer

A small, shadowy figure brought in for questioning by Russian police – Mirzoeva bows her head in shame

Before choking her daughter with bread Mirzoeva had been drinking cocktails with a female friend and then consumed more alcohol with her partner, said police.

Her son is now in the care of an orphanage.

Russia has the highest murder rate in Europe, according to international figures.

Statistics for 2017 show 13,293 victims, some 9.2 homicides per 100,000 people.

By comparison the rate in England and Wales is 1.2 and Scotland 1.1.

In the USA, the rate is 5.3 per 100,000 people.

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