Ukraine mother 'left infants to starve' in Kiev flat
8 December 2016
Vladislava Podchapko: Ukrainians are stunned by the mother's apparent neglect
krainian prosecutors are questioning a 20-year-old mother after she allegedly
left two toddlers in her flat for nine days, and one starved to death.
A top Kiev official reported the case.
The mother, Vladislava Podchapko, had gone to her partner's flat, without
leaving food at home, reports say.
Her son Daniil, aged one year and 11 months, died on 3 December. His sister
Anya, nearly three, remained in the Kiev flat with the dead body for three more
days, until the mother returned.
Ukrainians have expressed shock about the case on social media, and the details
were given on Facebook by Mykola Kuleba, the Ukrainian presidential adviser on
Anya is in intensive care in hospital, but her condition is improving, Mr
Doctors have been trying to feed her - she had reportedly fainted from hunger in
the flat. Her father and grandmother have visited her.
The infants were left alone in this flat - the photo was posted by Mykola Kuleba
According to Mr Kuleba, Ms Podchapko had left just a few chocolates for the
infants to eat. He said the linoleum by the locked front door had been pulled up
- an apparent attempt by the children to get out.
Ms Podchapko gave birth to a second son in October. Her partner, whom she calls
her "husband" on
VKontakte - the Russian version
of Facebook - is reportedly the father, and the baby lives with him.
In her VKontakte profile, Ms Podchapko describes herself as "a modern mother".
She posted many selfies and snapshots with her toddlers, accompanied by
She spoke lovingly of her partner, saying "my husband is always right, always
the best and always the winner - naturally, as he is my husband".
She could face up to eight years in jail under a law against "leaving a person
in peril", Ukraine's 112.ua news website reports. But she may be shown leniency
because she has a new baby.
According to Mr Kuleba, the infants last saw a doctor back in February, and they
stopped going to kindergarten in August.
Police 'not alerted'
Police say they did not get any call to visit the flat. It appears that Ms
Podchapko herself revealed what had happened there.
Mr Kuleba said Ms Podchapko first got pregnant at the age of 16, and each of her
three children has a different father.
She grew up in a big provincial family and allegedly asked for loans from
friends and family repeatedly.
Mr Kuleba lamented that the case illustrated not only parental neglect but also
Ukraine's "weak social services". The number of care professionals has fallen by
12,000 in Ukraine since 2014, he said.