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Prosecutors believe Moscow nanny was encouraged to decapitate 4-year-old girl

By Andrew V. Pestano Follow @AVPLive9 Contact the Author   |   March 2, 2016 at 12:29 PM
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MOSCOW, March 2 (UPI) -- Prosectors in Russia believe a nanny accused of decapitating a 4-year-old girl was encouraged to kill the child by instigators still at large.

Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, 38, a mother of three from Uzbekistan, was arrested on Monday after she was caught on video apparently carrying the severed head of Nastya, a 4-year-old girl who was in her care. Officials said she suffers from mental health problems.

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In court Tuesday, she said "Allah ordered" her to kill the girl.

When asked if she accepted her guilt, Bobokulova replied, "yes."

Police investigators told Moscow's Presnensky district court they have not found anyone else involved in the case, but said they believed Bobokulova was "incited" to commit the alleged crimes by instigators yet to be detained.

"Suspected accomplices, specifically the instigators, are currently at large," an investigator told the court. Bobokulova was held without bail and will remain in custody until at least April 29.

Nastya was under Bobokulova's care for 18 months. No motive has been established, but Russian media quoted police sources as saying Bobokulova allegedly mentally deteriorated after she discovered her partner had a second family.

In recent days, Moscow residents have laid flowers and children's toys outside the Oktyabrskoye Polye metro station where Bobokulova was arrested and outside of the child's home.

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