Horrifying moment emaciated baby is found stashed in wardrobe after ‘monster mum left her to starve to death’

A SEVERELY emaciated baby is fighting for her life after she was left in a wardrobe by her mum who hoped she'd starve to death.

The child was reportedly living off water and random scraps of food given by her elder brother.

Her mother named allegedly "hoped that the baby would pass away from starvation", reported online news outlet Krasnoturyinsk Live which revealed the horrifying case.  

The mother has been detained and a criminal case opened by the Russian Investigative Committee into "torturing" the child which carries a seven year jail sentence.

The child was found during a birthday party by a friend of the 37-year-old mother who "heard a muted cry". 

The mother kept the birth of her third child secret, according to the report. 

She put the baby girl in a duffle sport bag inside a wardrobe in an empty room in her flat. 

Sverdlovsk regional police spokesman Valery Gorelykh said: "It is hard to believe in this horrendous story, but however difficult it is to say this, it is true."

The child was suffering from severe malnutrition. 

The baby "very weak and mutated cry" was heard by a friend attending the 13th birthday party for Yulia’s son, who had secretly fed the child. 

A source familiar with the case alleged: "She wanted to kill the baby but in the end didn’t have enough heart for it.

"She thought that perhaps the baby would die from starvation. 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."

"A young woman who was there for the party heard a very weak, muted cry, and asked the mother about it.

"I think it's just a doll there, it just cries by itself’, the mother answered. 

"One of 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 family friend: "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."

The child was born from an affair the mother had with a married man, following a split with her husband, it was reported. 

She had not sought medical help before or after the birth, say police. 

No baby food or clothes were found in the flat. Nor was there a cot. 

The mum was detained and is undergoing  examination in a psychiatric clinic.

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