The weak baby was arilifted 270 miles to a hopital as soon as she was found.
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A tiny baby who's supposed to feel the safety of her mother's arms and her beating heart, while she's wrapped in a soft blanket to keep her tiny hands and feet warm, is fighting for her life on a cold hospital bed.
The infant, identified as Katya, was found in an emaciated state inside her mother's wardrobe in Russia. While her mother had left her to starve to death inside the dark wardrobe, there was one angel who took care of her, her brother.
Katya's 13-year-old brother kept his little sister alive by feeding her random scraps of food and water from time to time. The little one was supposed to be a secret but it had to come out someday or the other and so it did, reported The Mirror.
Russian news outlet Krasnoturyinsk Live reported that Katya who was born in April had been kept inside a wardrobe by her mother Yulia with the hopes that "the baby would pass away from starvation." Fortunately through the efforts of her brother she survived and was airlifted 270 miles to a hospital in the regional capital Yekaterinburg by helicopter. Right now in intensive care, she's fighting to see a brighter world.
According to The Daily Mail's report, the baby was found by a friend of the 37-year-old mother when she "heard a muted cry." The woman found the baby in a duffle bag inside a wardrobe in an empty room.
Giving details of the whole ordeal, Sverdlovsk regional police spokesman Valery Gorelykh said that it was difficult for everyone to believe "this horrendous story." He divulged, "But however difficult it is to say this, it is true."
He continued, "Officers went to check out the flat after receiving information about this case. They found the starving baby and organized her urgent transportation to a hospital where doctors are fighting for her life.”
Authorities revealed that Yulia's friend was attending her son's 13th birthday party when she heard the faint cries of the baby. When she found her, she saw the heartrending condition of the baby girl who was severely malnourished. A source close to the case revealed, “She [the mother] wanted to kill the baby but in the end didn’t have enough heart for it."
The source continued and said, “She was found by accident. The mother was having a birthday drink with a friend, who asked why one of the rooms in her flat was always shut.” Yulia's reply to the question was simple, it was a storage room.
When another young woman asked Yulia about the "very weak, muted cry" from inside the room, she said, “‘I think it's just a doll there, it just cries by itself." One of the friends then entered the room and found out was the reality was. The source disclosed, “One of the friends who went for a cigarette in the middle of the party decided to check that room after hearing the cry. She opened the wardrobe, looked in the bag, and found the baby.”
A friend of the family revealed that everyone who knows Yulia is finding it hard to believe that she could do something so cruel. The friend said, “People who know Yulia struggle to believe that she did it. Her son knew about the baby, but as I understand it she threatened him not to say a word about it. The boy was feeding the baby from time to time.”
Thanks to the teen boy, his sister has a chance of seeing that the world isn't so cruel. According to reports, Katya's mother had an affair with a married man after she split from her husband and that's how the little one was born. This was also the reason why Yulia kept the baby a secret.
The Sun reported that according to the police, the young mother had not received any medical help before or after Katya's birth. No cot, clothes, or even baby food was found in the house. It was like the little one never existed.
The mother has been detained for now and is going through a psychiatric examination. A case has also been opened against her by the Russian Investigative Committee stating the torturing of a child. If convicted Yulia could be locked inside the dark and musty walls of a prison for up to seven years.