Police take nanny back to scene of little girl's beheading
A Moscow nanny has been taken through a police reconstruction at the scene where she beheaded a four-year-old girl with a kitchen knife "because her husband had taken a second wife".
The Russian capital was left in shock after Gyulcherkhra Bobokulova, a citizen of Uzbekistan, was found pacing around a western Moscow suburb carrying the head of a child and claiming to be a terrorist on Monday morning.
Hundreds of Muscovites have since laid flowers at the metro station where the woman was arrested carrying the head of the child, as speculation swirled that the Kremlin had ordered a news blackout out for fear of an anti-immigrant backlash.
Police appeared to rule out terrorism as a motive, saying Mrs Bobokulova was "clearly insane". However, officials have struggled to establish a motive for the crime, with reports variously blaming unspecified narcotics or the shock caused by a cheating husband.
Ms Bobokulova reportedly told police she was driven to "manic psychosis" after she discovered her husband had been cheating on her.
"About a month ago she returned to Uzbekistan to get a new passport. When she got home she learnt that her husband had taken a new family. He offered to make her his second wife," a police source told tabloid LifeNews.
Police have launched a search for the husband, who has not been named.
Ms Bobokulova, 38, is believed to have strangled and then beheaded Nastya M, a four-year old girl she had looked after for 18 months.
She then set fire to the apartment of the family she was working for before roaming the street with the child's head.
Nastya's parents, who have not been named, said they had employed Ms Bobokulova for 18 months and had considered her an excellent nanny who got on well with their daughter.
Police said Mrs Bobokulova was lucid and cooperative during interrogation.