KIEV, Ukraine: A dad tried to starve his four-year-old son to death because he wrongly thought he wasn’t his child, it has been reported. Vladik Molchenko was rescued by social workers in the small town of Novoukrainka in central Ukraine weighing just 15lbs.
He was covered in his own faeces and had been living in a handmade wooden cage, according to local reports. His father Aleksandr Molchenko faces a life sentence after an investigation found the boy was deliberately starved.
“The suspect thought that the child was not his biological son and tried to starve him to death.” Molchenko reportedly suspected that his wife Natalia had gotten pregnant with another man after she gave birth to their third child. However a recent DNA test has proved that to be false. Natalia, who did nothing to help her son, has been charged with complicity in an attempted murder.