An 11-month-old baby was burned alive in a stove by his grandparents, say police.
Baby Maxim Sagalakov was left by his mother Viktoria, 20, in the care of her parents in the Khakassia district of Russia.
When she returned, the distraught woman found the child’s charred remains in the stove of the family’s house in Kharoy village.
‘The grandparents were drunk and killed the baby,’ said a statement from the regional Investigative Committee in charge of probing serious crime.
‘A family member found the body of the boy badly damaged by the high temperature inside the stove.’
The exact cause of death is under forensic investigation but it is believed the child died from incineration after being burned alive on Tuesday.
When he returned the child was thrown into the stove.
The grandmother, 42, and grandfather, 47, who’s surname is Miyagashev, have both been arrested and a criminal investigation has been launched into the ‘deliberate murder of a helpless minor’, said law enforcement sources.