A drugged-up babysitter beheaded a six-year-old boy as his mum gave birth, according to police.
Sergey Podgornov, 47, was left to care for the child by the mum’s partner in the city of Engels, Russia.
Mikhail Grushin, 33, a friend of Podgornov's, later returned home and saw his step-son’s headless body in the kitchen.
Podgornov confessed to the murder while holding a kitchen knife when detectives arrived at the scene.
He said: “I went out, sat on the porch and lit a cigarette.
“Then I came back, drank another glass of alcohol and I finally realised what I had done. I went out to wait for the police."
Podgornov, now detained, initially “did not remember” beheading the child, a police source said.
He was said to be under the influence of “designer drugs” and alcohol.
If convicted, he faces 15 years in jail.
At the time, the boy’s mum Elena, 36, was giving birth to her sixth child in a maternity hospital.
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The dead boy’s elder sister Arina Kuznetsova, 15, said the victim was their mum’s fifth child.
Tatyana Zagorodnyaya, the Saratov region Children Rights Ombudsman, said: "The mother remains in a maternity hospital.”
Officials had gone to talk to her about funeral arrangements but were not allowed to enter her ward due to coronavirus restrictions.
Earlier this month, a cemetery worker released from jail for murder was detained for raping and strangling an 11-year-old girl.
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Artem Osipov, 40, confessed to sexually attacking and killing Polina Skovorodchenko and burying her body in a shallow grave in a forest near Russian town Asbest.
The girl’s mum Alyona, 34, called police after the schoolgirl failed to return home in the early evening.
Relatives say she was delivering a local free newspaper in the snow-covered streets when she went missing, reported 360TV.
Her body was found three days later when police detained Osipov after CCTV footage indicated he was the suspect.
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