A mum has been detained for allegedly pouring gasoline into the mouth of her son, eight, then setting him on fire.
The boy died in hospital in Kursk, Russia after suffering horrific 45 per cent burns.
Anastasia Baulina, 31, a cashier, was furious that he “betrayed” her by telling his stepfather that she had been visited by her alleged lover, say reports.
She had a “quarrel” with her son Andrey and took him into the courtyard, dousing him in fuel from a canister, then set the boy on fire, it is alleged.
One report said she poured the fuel into the terrified boy’s mouth before using a lighter and telling him: “Let’s see how it will burn.”
His sister Natasha, 12, said: “(The fuel) was pouring into his mouth, as he was crying.”
As the girl fled in terror, the mother and stepfather Pavel Baulin, 35, a farmworker, put out the flames and called an ambulance.
But the boy was critically injured.
He died two days later from the severe burns.
A murder investigation was opened and the woman – from Zheleznogorsk district – was detained.
Neighbour Nina Chetverikova told Life: ”I saw her at the bus stop.
“She had a quarrel with her husband.
“It seems she took it out on her children.”
Baulina faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted.
A criminal investigation was also opened into why the boy was allowed back into his mother’s case after he was earlier removed from her to an orphanage.