– 2-year-old Yana was kidnapped before drowned in a river
– Father’s wife murdered a girl in local park, according to police
– This baby was born after her father had an affair with waitress
Yana Leonenko, aged two, was left by her aunt for several minutes in a pushchair when the 27-year-old woman, named only as G. Sharaliyeva, kidnapped her. When the aunt returned she noticed a woman in white T-shirt and black trousers walking with her niece in the distance.
She started to run begging passers-by for help, but no one answered. The kidnapper appeared to be Yana’s father wife, who was jealous he had affair and a baby from a waitress.
Later the girl's body was found drowned in a river running through a park in the city of Ivanovo.
Sharaliyeva was arrested soon after girl’s body was found. She was held in a metal cage in the court room.
A spokesman said: “The investigation believes that the person who kidnapped and murdered the child is the wife of the biological father of the girl. The woman made use of the short absence of a relative of the child and kidnapped the girl from the entrance to a residential building.”
A family friend said the woman's husband Sakhyd Sharaliyev had had a relationship with a waitress in his cafe, resulting in the pregnancy: “They had an affair three years ago. She was working as a waitress in his cafe. Soon she got pregnant. The man didn't want to leave his wife and their two children but promised to help to raise the child.
“He is very kind, and helpful but scatterbrained. He was cheating his wife but she simply didn't know about it.”
When Sharliyev knew that her wife killed his child he was literally shocked. “She was always quiet and calm, she has never said anything (angry about the baby),” he said. “I promised her to not see that woman (Yana's mother) again, but to help the child.”