Probe launched in Smolensk Region in negligence of child services after murder of adopted child

The Smolensk Region Office of the Investigative Committee has opened an investigation in negligence of officials of child services under Article 239 of the RF Criminal Code in connection with murder of an adopted 7-year-old girl.

As became known earlier, a family in the village if Agibalovo, Kholm-Zhirkovsky District had 4 adopted children aged between 6 and 10 years. On 3 January 2018, the mother went to visit her relatives in other town, while her husband stayed at home with the children. On the night of 4 January, the man killed the 7-year-old girl. A murder investigation was opened and the man was placed in custody pending trial. The three children were confiscated from the family and placed into a state institution.

Investigators, are going to assess the actions and omission of officials of child services in observing the rights of the adopted children. The investigation continues.