Marina Yefimova, 29-year-old Russian mother of Gleb, is facing charges of neglect after her son froze to death when she left to visit friends. The 18-month-old toddler was apparently looking for his mother and managed to get down the stairs and open the back door.
Yefimova put Gleb to sleep and left to visit some friends, leaving the back door unlocked. Gleb managed to get outside, where he froze in the 14 degree temperature. Yefimova brought him to the hospital, but there was nothing doctors could do to save the child.
The hospital released a statement saying, "When she brought him in she was hysterical. We did all we could to try and resuscitate the child but in these temperatures he didn't stand a chance. Sadly there was nothing we could do."
The nearby police department stated, "When questioned she first said she had gone out to get wood for the fire. But she soon admitted she’d left him alone to go and see friends.”
Yefimova’s husband Tikhon was on a business trip at the time and said, “I can’t believe this has happened. She is a good mother and a good wife. The whole thing is completely incomprehensible."