A TWISTED mum who inserted ten metal needles in the body of her nine-month-old baby son has been jailed for eight years.
Mukhayo Yakubova, 27, from the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to her nine-month-old son Mudassir Karimov.
She embedded needles in her son’s body to make her 30-year-old husband, who is a labour migrant in Russia, come back home, according to media local reports.
Little Mudassir was hospitalised last summer after one of his relatives found a needle stuck in his mouth.
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.”
The police began investigating and Yakubova was detained soon after the incident.
She confessed to the crime during police questioning and on that basis was jailed by the court.
A court spokesperson said: “The woman was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm. 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 questioning and says she is now appealing.
“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.”
The needles are used in different rituals in some parts of the country.
According to reports, there were cases when adults inserted needles in their children’s bodies to “ward off evil spirits”.