2-year-old toddler in coma after step-father’s parenting
For almost a month, two-year old Nikita, from Russia’s Siberia, has been continuously and atrociously beaten by 32- year-old Vladimir, his mother’s boyfriend. Vladimir explains he was teaching the boy to become a real man. The last time Nikita was severely “taught” was on Sunday. At night an ambulance was called in – the boy lost consciousness and wasn’t regaining consciousness. The first 24 hours Nikita spent in intensive care in a local hospital in a village where the family lives. But then the boy was transferred to the nearest city, Irkutsk, for further treatment.
Nikita is now hanging between life and death, doctors say. He was taken to the intensive care department where he remains in an extreme coma. The boy suffers from soft tissue traumas, internal bleeding, necrosis of brain cells and a disorder of the central nervous system. Nikita cannot breath and is connected to an artificial lung ventilation device. There are traces from cigarette burns on the toddler’s body. The doctors have conducted a craniotomy and say the chances for the boy to survive are extremely poor. If he does, Nikita will be handicapped for the rest of his life.
“The documents from the case show that for several days they were torturing and beating the boy. Documents even prove that they were putting out cigarettes on his body”, Vladimir Salnikov from the local police department told Russia’s Vesti news channel.
2-year-old Nikita Chemezov at the hospital. Image from www.vesti.ru
Olesya Chemezova and her boyfriend have already confessed to their crimes. While the boy is alive they could face up to 12 years in prison for serious bodily assault. But if the boys doesn’t survive, they will be charged with murder.
Parental cruelty has become no surprise. Just a few weeks ago the public was shocked by the story of Gleb Ageyev, who was brought to the hospital with numerous burns and injuries.