THE sadistic mother and stepfather who made their son kneel on a pile of buckwheat – causing it to grow into his skin – have been jailed.
They forced their son to kneel on buckwheat crops for nine hours at a time as part of a cruel punishment.
The boy’s dad, 35-year-old Sergey Kazakov, and mom, 27-year-old Alina Yumasheva, carried out the painful punishment on their son for 10 days in a row, according to a court in Omsk, Russia.
Kazakov and Yumasheva were found guilty of “inflicting physical and psychological suffering” to their son, Denis, through “systematic beatings and other violent actions,” Metro UK reported.
Kazakov will spend four-and-a-half years in prison and Yumasheva will be jailed for one year and six months.
A nurse, who spoke to the court, describe the boy’s injuries as “horrific” and said: “The mother should beg her son to forgive her until the end of her life.”
The boy, who possibly faces adoption as he has been placed into an orphanage, needed the buckwheat roots to be surgically removed from his knees after they began growing in his skin.
His torture only ended when he fled the family home and pleaded with a neighbor to help, showing his horrendous wounds.
She called in doctors because of the horrific wounds on the child’s knees from which blood was flowing.
Computer programming entrepreneur Kazakov forced the boy to kneel on the buckwheat and his mom Alina Yumasheva, 27 watched on.
The crop growing on him had to be surgically removed under general anesthetic in an Omsk hospital.
A deeply distressing video revealed by law enforcement shows how Kazakov kicked and pulled the child’s hair, law enforcement said.
The kneeling boy is heard crying “it hurts,” as the stepfather kicks him.
Yumasheva claimed she and Kazakov found this form of punishment on the internet and inflicted it on the child after he was late home from school and playing outside.
The couple of also starved the boy for up to four days at a time, claim state investigators.
Kazakov – who logged his “torture” in a diary – and Yumasheva faced a trial in Omsk.
He was previously remanded in custody and she was barred from leaving her home pending criminal investigations.
After one month in hospital, the boy has been returned into her care, say Russian reports.
This was despite the boy pleading with his nurse in hospital: “Will you send me to live in a good family now?”
The mother claimed of the buckwheat “torture”, telling Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper: “I checked on it myself and set up an experiment.
Will you send me to live in a good family now?
“I knelt on it.
“It didn’t hurt me.
“So he (Kazakov) was allowed to apply this punishment.”
Kazakov told police he had inflicted the punishment once but another half dozen deleted videos were traced on his phone, investigators said.
The child was “severely exhausted” and “psychologically depressed” when he ran away.
Kazakov – who runs his own company providing accounting programs to companies – and Yumasheva were under investigation for torture, causing damage to the boy’s health, and failure to properly educate the boy.
The child’s class teacher Olga Pidzhakova said the boy was academically bright but she believed he had been scared to complain.
“He is a good, positive child,” she said.
“His mother constantly attends parental meetings, comes if I call.
“He is always clean, and neatly dressed.
“Neither I, nor other teachers or children were even aware that he was being bullied at home.
“It is only now that I find out he was simply afraid to complain to us.”
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