Little Vladik Molchenko weighed just 15lbs when he was rescued by social workers in central Ukraine
A DAD tried to starve his four-year-old son to death – because he wrongly suspected the boy wasn’t his own child, it’s claimed.
Little Vladik Molchenko was rescued by social workers in the small town of Novoukrainka, in the Kirovohrad Oblast region in central Ukraine.
Weighing just 15lbs, he was found covered with his own faeces inside a handmade wooden cage.
Now his father Aleksandr Molchenko faces a life sentence after an investigation found the boy was “not fed on purpose”.
Prosecutor’s office spokesman Vitaliy Dolug said: “The investigation established that the child was not fed on purpose. The suspect thought that the child was not his biological son and tried to starve it to death.”
NOT FED ON PURPOSE
According to reports, Molchenko suspected that his wife Natalia got pregnant from another man after she gave birth to their third child, Vladik.
But a recent DNA test showed that Molchenko was the father of the child.
He was charged with attempted murder and is in custody awaiting trial.
Natalia, who did nothing to help her child, was charged with complicity in attempted murder and is under house arrest.
Vladik and his three sisters were taken to an orphanage.
We found Vladik in a small handmade wooden cage installed in a corner of the house
Vladik has since recovered and weighs 15 kilograms (33 lbs), which is typical for his age.
But the couple face life imprisonment and deprivation of parental rights if found guilty.
Cops had to smash down the front door of the Molchenkos’ house to rescue Vladik in August last year.
Doctors said that the child had suffered from malnutrition for several months.
According to the medics, the boy would have died in a couple of days if he’d not been rescued and hospitalised.
Pediatrician Ludmyla Lyashenko, who took part in the rescue, said: “We found Vladik in a small handmade wooden cage installed in a corner of the house. He could not see the room from his cage. He was covered with old faeces and with a swarm of flies.
“The child begged us to give him a slice of bread and some water. I think this was the only food he had had for several months.”
Initially, Molchenko was charged with deliberate and malicious failure to fulfil childcare responsibilities.
Now, after the investigation established that he had tried to kill Vladik by starving him to death, the case was changed to attempted murder.
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