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Five-year-old Luba who is reportedly not socialized and unable to speak, has been rescued from a cockroach-infested, trash-filled flat in Moscow.
She was discovered half-naked, dehydrated, with signs of anorexia and a necklace embedded in the skin around her neck. Conditions inside the apartment were so bad that the police had to wear chemical protection suits inside.
According to the neighbors, the girl was neatly dressed and overall well-kept when the mother first appeared with her daughter. Afterwards, according to the building’s attendant, the mother seldom visited her daughter to bring food and has never taken out any garbage from the flat.
When questioned, the mother explained that the smell from the apartment was a result of ongoing sewerage repairs. Luba’s mother insisted that she is innocent, claiming that all the allegations against her were a provocation: “I earn, I pay, I support her, I feed her. She was kept in good conditions.”
Experts do not exclude the possibility that the woman is mentally ill. A criminal investigation of attempted murder has been opened against her. Luba is currently undergoing medical examinations in a hospital.
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