Pictures taken inside a grim flat where a toddler was discovered lying next to her parents’ dead bodies have been released.
The girl, two, was found to be emaciated by emergency workers who broke into the flat in Kiev, Ukraine, after neighbours complained about a bad smell.
Pictures show the flat in a bad state, with stains on bed sheets and toys strewn about the floor. It is feared the child was in the seventh floor flat for a week or more with her dead parents.
It is not known whether the girl had any access to food or water during this time. Her parents were last seen alive nine days before paramedics broke in, on May 2, when they were heard having a heated argument.
The girl’s mother has been identified in local reports as Viktoriya Devyatkine, 27, but her father, 34, has not yet been named.
Medics said the girl was ‘too weak to stand’ and had to be carried into an ambulance by paramedics who took her to hospital. She was ‘badly dehydrated and malnourished’ but her life was not in danger, police told reporters.
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The cause of the deaths of the parents was not immediately clear. It is not known if they died at around the same time or not.
Syringes were found in the flat and the couple were believed to have been drug users, police said.
A police statement revealed: ‘There were no visible signs of damage on the bodies of the man born in 1985 and his wife born in 1991.
‘Forensic analysis will determine the cause of the couple’s death.’
A murder investigation has been opened by police pending the results of forensic tests.
On May 8, five days after the parents were last seen, a friend of Viktoriya’s posted a Facebook appeal for help as she had not had any contact with the family and had grown concerned.
Police are investigating.
Source: Metro UK
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