Dad ‘killed daughter, 5, before burning her body in oven’
Pavel Makarchuk, 50, is accused of murdering his daughter Darina, five (Picture: east2west news)
A man has been detained in Ukraine on suspicion of killing a five-year-old girl by throwing her into a fire.
Pavel Makarchuk, 50, is accused of hitting his daughter Darina, causing her to fall to the floor and hit her head.
He then allegedly decided to ‘hide his crime’ by chopping the girls body up and burning her in the oven, police said.
Regional police commander in Zhytomyr, Artem Lisogor, said: ‘The father pushed or hit the girl.
The child fell down and crashed her head against the threshold.
‘The girl passed out and did not recover. The father decided to hide this crime, so the child was put inside the stove and burned.’
A murder investigation has now been launched, nine months after the girl was killed. Makarchuk’s wife, 41, has also been arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.
When police arrived at their home, the couple allegedly dressed their son, three, in girl’s clothes to make it seem that Darina was still alive.
Darina had been living with a foster family for at least two years and was only given back to her biological parents three months before her death.
Police said the parents, who have three other children, ‘confessed’ to the attempt to cover-up Darina’s death and admitted she had been thrown into the stove.
Darina’s mother has also been arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder (Picture: east2west news)
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