A man brandished the severed head of an 18-month-old in the street after murdering her.
The man identified as Mikhail Elinsky, a 42-year-old, is said to have been released from a psychiatric institution in which he was imprisoned for killing a woman six years ago.
After his release, he attacked the toddler in her own home, before stabbing the girl’s mother – his niece – and going on a rampage in the Russian city of Astrakhan.
Disturbing footage shows him taunting officers with a knife and refusing to give himself up. He was eventually shot by officers, and died later in hospital.
His niece, Tatiana, was left with severe abdominal injuries after the stabbing, and is now grieving the loss of her daughter.
‘We were about to go out, and my daughter was sitting on her tricycle,’ she said. ‘He pulled her off, grabbed her and took her to the kitchen. He closed the door and began to cut her.
‘I tried to stop him and ran to the kitchen, but he stabbed me in the stomach with his knife.’
Local reports then claimed that Elinsky ‘ran around the street holding up her head’.
Police confirmed that they apprehended him after half an hour, and that he then died of gunshot wounds in hospital