A killer released from a psychiatric hospital with a supposed “all-clear” diagnosis decapitated an 18-month-old baby relative with a knife and brandished the severed head in a public street, eyewitnesses say. Mikhail Elinsky, 42, also stabbed his niece – the dead girl’s mother – resulting in serious abdominal injuries.
Elinsky was eventually shot by police and taken to a hospital in Astrakhan, Russia, but he later died of his injuries. It is reported that the killer’s niece, Tatiana, had earlier begged the authorities not to release him from psychiatric hospital, believing he remained a danger after he had killed a woman six years ago.
Tatiana desperately tried to save her daughter Natalia but was herself stabbed as she tried to rescue her daughter. Eyewitness Anastasiya Miloserdova said: “The little girl was his niece, and his mother had begged not to let him out of the mental clinic. And look how it ended – he ran around the area with the cut-off head of the little one.”