A man who had just been released from a mental institution, went on a rampage and stabbed his niece, then beheaded her 18 month old baby. By time the police got there, the man was walking around the street, holding up the severed head for everyone to see.
The man’s niece Tatiana had earlier pleaded with the authorities not to release him from psychiatric hospital, fearing he remained a danger after he had killed a woman six years ago.
She desperately tried to save her daughter Natalia but was was stabbed as she came close to the kitchen where Elinsky was butchering the child.
Eyewitness Anastasiya Miloserdova said: ‘The little girl was his niece, and his mother had begged not to let him out of the mental clinic.
‘And look how it ended – he ran around the area with the cut off head of the little one.’
Tatiana said: ‘We were about to go out, and my daughter was sitting on her tricycle.
‘He pulled her off, grabbed her and took her to the kitchen. He closed the door and began to cut her.
‘I tried to stop him and ran to the kitchen but he stabbed me in the stomach with his knife.’
Her husband Igor was too grief-stricken to speak.
A local report said the man ‘ran around the street holding up her head’.
‘It took police half an hour to detain the man. He was taken to the hospital with three gun wounds,’ the report said.
Law enforcement have confirmed the knifeman killed the child, wounded the mother and that he died of gun shot wounds in hospital.
Six years ago, the knife man had killed a female shop assistant in the same city, repeatedly stabbing her with a knife in a drunken rage.