Mother is jailed eight years for inserting ten needles into her nine-month-old son ‘while performing ritual to summon her husband’
- Mukhayo Yakubova from Tajikistan found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm
- The 27-year-old inserted ten needles into her son Mudassir’s skull, chest and legs
- She says she was forced into a confession and will appeal the court’s decision
A mother who inserted ten metal needles in the body of her nine-month-old son has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Mukhayo Yakubova from the Central Asian Republic of Tajikistan was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to her nine-month-old son Mudassir Karimov.
The 27-year-old embedded needles in her son’s body ‘to make her 30-year-old husband, who is a labour migrant in Russia, come back home’, reports say.
Mukhayo Yakubova, 27, from Tajikistan was sentenced to eight years in prison after doctors found ten metal needles in her baby son Mudassir’s body (pictured together)
X-rays performed in the Karabolo Hospital in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe revealed ten needles inside the baby boy’s skull, nose, neck, chest and legs
Little Mudassir was hospitalised last summer after one of his relatives found a needle stuck in his mouth.
The x-rays performed in the Karabolo Hospital in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe revealed ten needles in the child’s body.
The boy underwent several surgeries before doctors managed to remove all the needles from his skull, nose, neck, chest and legs.
Hospital spokesman Shukhrat Choriev said: ‘When we removed the needles from the boy’s body some of them become rusty. We believe that some needles had been inside for about three months.’
Doctors in the Tajikistan capital of Dushanbe operated successfully to remove all the needles and Mudassir has made a full recovery
The police initiated a criminal case and Yakubova was detained soon after the incident.
According to the investigation, she confessed to the crime during police interrogations saying that she inserted needles in her son’s body ‘to make her husband, who is a labour migrant, be back at home’.
Basing on the confession, the court found Yakubova guilty and sentenced her to eight years in prison.
A court spokesperson said: ‘The woman was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm.
According to reports Yakubova planted the needles in a ritual ‘to make her 30-year-old husband, who is a labour migrant in Russia, come back home’
Yakubova says the conviction is based on a forced confession, claiming police officers threatened to rape her if she did not take the blame
‘She can file an appeal with the court decision within the next ten days.’
However, Yakubova denies her guilt saying that she was forced to confess to the crime during the police interrogations.
She said: ‘During the first interrogation they threatened to rape me and place my eldest son in an orphanage if I refused to take the blame.
‘I do not know how the needles ended up in the body of my son. No mother is able to do this to her child.’
Yakubova is going to file an appeal against the court’s decision.
Mudassir underwent several surgeries and doctors removed all the needles from his body. His health is back to normal.
The boy underwent several surgeries to remove all the needles, some of which were thought to have been inside him for three months, a hospital spokesman said