A couple in Russia has been arrested after they allegedly repeatedly raped their own 12-year-old daughter.
The parent's names were not released. Law enforcement officials accused them of turning their own child into a "sex slave," the Daily Mail reported.
The abuse allegedly took place between December 2016 and March 2017. The father, aged 34, is accused of raping his daughter "every other day," usually with the child's mother in the same bed.
The mother, also aged 34, is accused of sexually "torturing" the young girl with an "artificial penis." When questioned by police, she told officers, "better us than some maniac."
The couple has been stripped of their parental rights, and the 12-year-old girl was placed into care. The mother told police she had been raped when she was 13 years old, and that her and her husband agreed to "train their daughter in advance for adult life."
The couple's alleged crimes were revealed after the girl visited a doctor with "problems concerning her periods," according to reports. Doctors discovered that she was not a virgin, and the girl told them about what her parents had done to her.
The girl's parents confessed to the abuse, but insisted that "it was better for the child to lose her virginity with her own father" than to learn the details of sexual activity through other means, local media reports stated.
The victim's grandmother and great-grandmother lived in the same home in Volgograd where the abuse took place, but were unaware of what was happening, police said. The couple is currently in police custody and could be facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
In March 2016, a Russian man from the Lipestk Oblast region was arrested after he beat his 5-year-old disabled adopted daughter to death and sexually attacked her, the Mirror reported.
The man was identified only as Denis. He was accused of physically abusing the child before violently raping her, according to reports by local media.
Police said Denis stopped only to take the child to the hospital after realizing she was bleeding profusely. Doctors said she died from massive internal injuries and blood loss.
"The autopsy results said the girl died from internal bleeding caused by the fracture of internal organs," a police spokesman confirmed. "Denis has admitted his guilt. He has been detained."
Denis and his wife, who was identified as Valentina, reportedly adopted the girl from an orphanage. They had four children of their own.